▪️𝐌𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐢 grew up watching his three brothers follow in the footsteps of their father and embark on medical careers, but he had different dreams. Although he could speak only Japanese, 𝐌𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐢 was anxious to travel overseas.
▪️He joined 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘯 in 1961, the company that his uncle 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬𝐡𝐢 𝐌𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐢 co-founded. Five years later he was moved to the United States which was instructed by his uncle. The move was an effort to compete with 𝘕𝘪𝘬𝘰𝘯 and 𝘗𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘹, which dominated the U.S. camera industry. 𝐌𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐢 was one of only seven staff members employed at Manhattan's Canon Headquarters.
▪️𝐌𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐢 spent 23 years in the U.S., eventually becoming president of Canon USA. 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘯 successfully launched several new products under his leadership. For example, the first affordable 35 mm camera with automatic exposure was the 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘯𝘈𝘌-𝟷, introduced in 1976. The AE-1 created it simple for amateur photographers to take professional-looking photos and helped propel 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘯 to the market leading single-lens reflex camera.
▪️𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘯 published its automatic-focusing camera EOS (Electronic Operating System) in 1987. The EOS concentrated quicker and with less light than other cameras with a focusing engine inside its lens.
▪️Now, Canons worth is $𝟐𝟕.𝟗 𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧.