Konosuke Matsushita was the youngest of eight children and was born on November 27, 1894, in a farming village called Wasamura. His family was forced to leave their farm when Konosuke’s father lost his property.
Few months before he was to graduate from elementary school, and at only nine years of age, Konosuke had to say goodbye to his family on a journey to the city to work as an apprentice at a charcoal brazier store.
Konosuke would start his workday at the crack of dawn with the cleaning of the store. He was also tasked with caring for his employer’s children. The store went out of business less than a year after, and Konosuke found a new apprenticeship at a store selling bicycles.