Hajime Yamaguchi

Oral History Information

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Job Title
Former President
Company Name
TEAC

Hajime Yamaguchi was born on September 26, 1944 in Tokyo, Japan. At the age of 18 he traveled the country as a professional drummer and a year later landed a stellar job as drummer for a late night TV talk show in Japan. After a few years his girlfriend (and future wife) explained her parents concerns for her getting married to a musician. They wanted him to have a steady paying job. Knowing a friend who worked for TEAC, Hajime applied for a job and was hired. Over his long career (1971-2006) with the company, he played important roles as marketing director, engineer on many leading products and president of the American operation. He often stated that the drive behind the company products was always the feedback they receive from their customers.