Yosami Radio Transmitting Station

The Yosami Radio Transmitting Station in Kariya (then called Yosami Village, Hekikai-gun), Aichi, Japan was accredited the IEEE Milestone, in 2009, as the Japan’s first wireless telecommunication station with Europe built in 1929.

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A Passage to the IEEE Milestone

IEEE Milestone Dedication

IEEEマイルストーン「依佐美送信所1929年」平成20年(2008)11月11日最終承認 平成21年(2009)5月19日受賞(贈呈式)

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE Milestone recognizes a significant technical achievement that expanded a new horizon.

Requirements of IEEE Milestone

To be approved as an IEEE Milestone, the object should have a significant technical achievement that occurred at least twenty-five years ago in an area of technology represented in IEEE and having at least regional impact. To date, more than a hundred Milestones have been approved and dedicated around the world.

Significance of IEEE Milestone

The IEEE Milestone could be referred to as a joint award of the Nobel Prize and Industrial Heritage in the technical fields. The object shall be excellent in science and technology, and have social and cultural properties as mechanical engineering or industrial heritage. Since the advancement in electrical, electronics, and communications is fast, and changes our way of life rapidly, we tend not to be aware of the significance of such specific significant technical achievements.
The IEEE Milestone serves the recognition of such engineers and corporations who have succeeded a significant technical achievement to the world, and to preserve historically important facilities and places to be noted.

What is IEEE like?

IEEE is a merged association formed in 1963, between the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, or AIEE, founded in 1884, and the Institute of Radio Engineers, IRE, in 1912. IEEE holds more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries, in electrical, electronics, and communication fields, with its head office at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, U.S.A. Its History Center was set to award significant technical achievements and created Electrical Engineering Milestone Program in 1983.

IEEE Milestones in Japan

IEEE Milestones have been approved more than 100 in the world. Japan belongs the Region 10 of Asia and the Pacific. So far 14 IEEE Milestones have been approved in the Region 10, and they all have been in Japan.

IEEE Milestone List of Japan

Date dedicated Awarded object and years considered
1995 Directive Short Wave Antenna, 1924
2000 Mount Fuji Radar System, 1964
2000 Tokaido Shinkansen (Bullet Train), 1964
2004 Electronic Quartz Wristwatch, 1969
2005 Pioneering Work on Electronic Calculators, 1964-1973
2006 Development of VHS, a World Standard for Home Video Recording, 1976
2007 Railroad Ticket Examining System, 1965 -1971
2008 The First Word Processor for Japanese Language, 1971- 1978
2009 Yosami Radio Transmitting Station 1929
2009 Development of Ferrite Materials and Their Applications, 1930-1945
2009 Development of Electronic Television, 1924 - 1941
2009 First Transpacific Reception of a Television (TV) Signal via Satellite, 1963
2010 Kurobe River No. 4 Hydropower Plant, 1956-63
2010 Commercialization and Industrialization of Photovoltaic Cells, 1959-83
2011 First Direct Broadcast Satellite Service, 1984