On March 27, our Tokyo office employees gathered to celebrate an exciting milestone: the 20th anniversary of Adobe in Japan.
Adobe’s presence in Japan was officially established on March 27, 1992 with just a few employees on one floor of a small office. Takako K., Human Resources Business Partner, remembers the environment back when she was hired in 1991: “At the time, there were only one to two people in each department (Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Support, G&A).” Takako described it as “a small, friendly Adobe fan club.”
Senior Manager of Human Resources Hiromi S. remembers John Warnock’s and Chuck Geschke’s frequent visits to the Tokyo office, recalling that John would always talk about “his baby project.” John had said he wanted to make this project “the de facto standard.” Little did Hiromi and the rest of the office know, that the “baby” John was referring to was Acrobat.
First hired as a manager of Japanese typography in 1992, Taro Y.’s first Adobe job involved monitoring the standards of the fonts Adobe Japan made. One of Taro’s favorite early memories revolved around a Chuck Geschke visit to a Japanese computer manufacturer’s laboratory and the co-founder’s meticulous attention to detail.
“When print samples of a new font rendering technology were presented to him,” Taro recalled, “he took out a magnifier from his inside pocket and started closely checking the samples. He then handed the magnifier to me and said, ‘What do you think about the quality of these characters?’”
“Everyone believed that Adobe’s technologies and products would change the world,” says Taro, and that despite global market changes, “our mission of providing our customers with the best solutions to create the most beautiful and effective results is unchanged.”
“Adobe has truly taken root in Japan and achieved much success,” Craig Tegel, president of Adobe Japan, reflected in a March 27 message to employees. “This would never have been possible without
the unwavering commitment and efforts of each and every one of you at Adobe Japan. We also owe our success to the exceptional loyalty of our Japanese customers and partners.”
Congratulations, Adobe Japan!
Photo credit: Adobe Japan