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Power play

By virtue of a series of new international shipping networks, an under valued currency and technological innovation, Japan was able to indelibly stamp itself on the consumer electronics world of the seventies – and things have never been the same since. In its own way, Hitachi played a hugely significant part in this. More than just a volume manufacturer of generic products, it was additionally an innovator with vast research and development resources at its disposal.

The company’s innovation and championing of MOSFETs (Metal Oxide Silicon Field Effect Transistor) played a massive part in the hi-fi world that was then just around the corner. In the late seventies, we were just 15 or so years into solid-state, and still on a long and steep learning curve. Hitachi’s new

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