Olympus was founded by Takeshi Yamashita on October 12, 1919 as Takachiho Seisakusho. In June 1920, just six months after the company's founding, Yamashita's dream of making a domestic microscope came true with the introduction of the Asahi, the first microscope manufactured by Takachiho. Three decades later, Olympus successfully developed the world’s first gastrocamera for practical use. The spirit of creation that infused the company at its founding has been passed on through the years, from the release of the company’s first product to its breakthroughs in Opto-Digital Technology today. Olympus is pursuing technological advances in the fields of early diagnosis, particularly in terms of gastrointestinal endoscopes, and minimally invasive therapy with emphasis placed on surgical devices.