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Hitachi Research Laboratory,
Hitachi Research Laboratory was established in 1934 as the first research laboratory of Hitachi Ltd. Centered on the field of social infrastructures, the mission of Hitachi Research Laboratory is to contribute to the global growth of Hitachi's social innovation business through the development of social and living infrastructures and the materials and key devices that support them. Holding the vision of "becoming the No. 1 research laboratory in the world in the field of social innovation" and aiming to achieve an environmentally conscious, sustainable global society and a safe, secure, and comfortable life for all, we take up the challenge of developing technology solutions for our customers while collaborating with domestic and international universities and research institutions and continuously integrating our diverse skills and know-how.
Located high on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is the Hitachi Research Laboratory (HRL) in Hitachi city, Ibaraki prefecture - the birthplace of Hitachi, Ltd. HRL grew out of a small research division that Mr. Odaira had formed in 1918, based on his strong belief that a company would never progress to explore technological advancement, and became the first corporate laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. in 1934. Dr. BABA Kumeo, was appointed the first general manager of HRL, and oversaw research divisions on electrical, mechanical, physical, chemical and metallurgical research. Over the past 75 years, HRL has contributed to many of Hitachi's backbone businesses; produced various innovations in the field of materials, power electronics, energy and transportation systems, and so on.