K.K. Shimazu Seisakusho (㈱島津製作所, officially translated as Shimadzu Corporation) is a Japanese company based in Kyoto. It was founded in 1875 and incorporated in 1917, and it is still in existence today (2007).[1] Its main activity is the production of scientific and medical instruments. The company was the first to take X-ray radiographs in Japan in 1896, and delivered the first Japanese X-ray apparatus in 1909.[2] It entered the capital of Takachiho Seisakusho (the later Olympus) in 1933.[3] Around 1940–1, it used Zuiko 50/1.5 lenses by Takachiho on an X-ray camera using 35mm film.[4]


  1. Company profile.
  2. Company history.
  3. Sakai, p. 6 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no. 20.
  4. Sakurai Eiichi, p. 67 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no. 20.



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