Iwasaki Yataro - born into a low ranking samurai family in 1834 on Shikoku island. Frustrated by the way Japan's trade was being subordinated to foreign concerns, he founded the shipping company which was the origin of the Mitsubishi zaibatsu. Had a reputation for being aggressive and impetuous but with good negotiating skills and business sense.
Three Principles (Sankoryo) - written in calligraphy by Koyata Iwasaki, 4th president, of the founding Iwasaki family. Developed by Tetsuji Morohashi, famed sinologist and father of another former President of Mitsubishi Corp - Shinroku Morohashi. Classical Chinese 2 x 4 syllables does not translate directly into English, so is interpreted flexibly over time.
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Marunouchi,Tokyo. A recreation of the original office building built in 1894 which was designed by the British architect Josiah Conder. It was the first Western style office building in the Marunouchi district, spiritual home of the Mitsubishi group and a symbol of its intention to be global right from the start.