Press Release

NSK Celebrates 100th Anniversary on November 8, 2016

Introducing 100-Year Anniversary Projects and Events

NSK Ltd. (NSK; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Toshihiro Uchiyama) will celebrate its 100th anniversary on November 8, 2016. NSK would like to take this opportunity to again express its sincere thanks for the support and kindness that have made these 100 years in business possible.

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, NSK has established the NSK Vision 2026 as a statement of what the NSK Group will achieve in the next 10 years.. With each individual in the NSK Group taking new steps and taking on new “motion”, the company aims to contribute to the well-being and safety of society and to protect the global environment, growing along with today’s ever-changing society. NSK is holding a variety of 100th anniversary projects and events to present this new “motion” to the world and fulfill NSK Vision 2026. Detailed information on each event will be announced as information becomes available.

100th Anniversary Events

Collaborative events with artists to create new motion

1. NSK 100th anniversary exhibition: “SENSE OF MOTION - NSK Products as Art”
Visualizing new “motion” and overturning preconceived notions about NSK. (Details on following page)
2. NSK Future Forum: “SENSE OF MOTION - Moving the Future”
This forum hosts noted innovators who are “Setting the Future in Motion” at the forefront of their respective fields, in order to inspire new motion and build momentum toward the next 100 years. The event aims to build interest in NSK as the company moves toward a bold new future. (Details on following page)
3. Satellite Program
A range of “new movement” is taking place within NSK to help employees rediscover the appeal of and their pride in NSK.
  • NSK plant poems (poems about all plants in Japan)
    * Announced on August 8, 2016
  • The “world's most exciting plant tour” project
    * Announced on August 12, 2016
  • Plant exercises for creating new motion
    * Announced on September 2, 2016
  • Revamped uniforms for creating new motion
    The new uniforms feature functionality and design suited to NSK's next-generation factories, based on a feedback and voting process involving all employees. NSK is producing these new uniforms under the supervision of the uniform and fashion brand Theater Products.
    * Details to be announced in Autumn 2016.
  • Project for the most delicious canteen meals
    Food designer Haruna Nakayama is working to develop cafeteria menus at NSK plants, incorporating local cuisine.
    * Details to be announced in Autumn 2016

Company History

  • The company history publication will tell the story of NSK beginnings and growth over the last 100 years.
    * Planned for release in 2017.

Educational manga: The Secrets of Bearings

  • This publication teaches the history, technology, and functions of bearings in a fun and easy to understand manner, showing how bearings feature in the life of elementary school students.
    * Announced on June 30, 2016

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, NSK will redouble its efforts to make social contributions around the world.

Event information can also be found on the special NSK 100th anniversary website:

Overview of Events

Sponsor NSK Ltd.
Producer Nobuko Shimuta
Planning and production Spiral/Wacoal Art Center Co., Ltd.

NSK 100th anniversary exhibition: “SENSE OF MOTION”

Venue Spiral Garden (Spiral 1F), 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Schedule November 9 (Wed) to 20 (Sun) 2016 from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. (to 6:00 P.M. Nov 9)
Admission fee Free of charge


Venue Spiral Hall (Spiral 3F), 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Schedule November 12 (Sat) 2016 from 2:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. (open at 1:30 P.M.)

NSK 100th anniversary exhibition: “SENSE OF MOTION” (Venue design: Emmanuelle Moureaux)

Artistic creations using NSK products are on display at the Spiral Garden, showcasing works that awaken a sense of new motion toward the next 100 years.

Under the theme “SENSE OF MOTION”, six groups of artists active across the globe have expressed their interpretation of new motion. Installations will displayed in a composite fashion so that visitors can experience the new motion and appeal of NSK.

Introduction of Artists and Their Works

Rhizomatiks Research
A new form of body movement through a fusion of NSK precision technologies and media art

Rhizomatiks Research

This creative group features a select few individuals with a high level of technical and expressive abilities covering a wide range of media, such as web design and interactive design of physical spaces. Rhizomatiks Research has won a variety of awards from Ars Electronica, the Japan Media Arts Festival (Agency for Cultural Affairs), and the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Yuri Suzuki + Slow Label
Hands-on sound installation using bearing balls

Yuri Suzuki + Slow Label
Yuri Suzuki
Born in Tokyo in 1980 and currently living in London. After working as an assistant at Maywa Denki for five years, Suzuki joined the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London through the Agency for Cultural Affairs' emerging artist overseas study program. His works focus on music and technology and he is currently a sound artist and product designer as well as teaching at his alma mater, RCA.
Slow Label
This group connects artists, businesses, and welfare institutions all around the world to create new systems of manufacturing and social programs.

Emmanuelle Moureaux
Emotional space that beautifully and simply expresses NSK technologies

Emmanuelle Moureaux

Architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux was born in France and moved to Tokyo in 1996. She helms emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design. Taking inspiration from the complex layers and cityscape of Tokyo, along with traditional Japanese partitioning, her “Shikiri” concept separates spaces using color. She is involved in a variety of projects including architecture that use colors (Sugamo Shinkin), spatial design (ABC Cooking Studio), and art (UNIQLO, Issey Miyake). Moureaux is also an associate professor at the Tohoku University of Art and Design.

Nadegata Instant Party (Tohru Nakazaki, Daisuke Yamashiro, Tomoko Noda)
Merry-go-round exhibit that uses rotation and video to show the motion of bearings

Nadegata Instant Party (Tohru Nakazaki, Daisuke Yamashiro, Tomoko Noda)

This artist collective is composed of Tohru Nakazaki, Daisuke Yamashiro, and art manager Tomoko Noda. They invent the optimum pretext and realize that pretext to create an event - or happening - by getting many people involved. Their piece is displayed as a combination of documents, theatrical techniques and an installation.

Takeshi Ishiguro
An astonishingly smooth-moving chair

Takeshi Ishiguro

Takashi Ishiguro graduated from the Industrial Design Department at the Royal College of Arts (RCA) in 1994. He then joined IDEO in the U.S. in 1995. In 1998, the New York Museum of Modern Art added to its permanent collection his work Rice Salt & Pepper and his humidifier Chimney. He struck out his own from 2002, working in product, art, and stage design.

AR Sankyodai
Visualizing the structure and history of bearings using augmented reality (AR)

Visualizing the structure and history of bearings using augmented reality (AR)

This development unit works in a variety of genres with a unique retro flavor. Their most famous works include development of Unicorn Z and Z II, Diorama Visualizer, direction and performance in the Magokoro Brothers music video “Kienai E,” and BUMP OF CHICKEN's “BOC-AIR,” as well as development of the Coca-Cola AR vending machine, and direction and development of Jounetsu-Tairiku and Kagai Jugyo Yo Koso Sempai.


NSK supports people who bring about innovations in future society through new ideas. NSK also pioneers new frontiers in a variety of fields, and hopes through this forum to provide an educational and networking platform to facilitate dialogue with those who drive the future and to consider, together with guests, how society will evolve in that future.

First section theme: “Life” is a discussion of a new way of living and thinking, and a new sense of social values.

Second section theme: “Make” is a discussion on future possibilities brought about by new technological development and manufacturing methods.

Chaired by: Hide Nakaya, Dai Tamesue, Shunji Yamanaka, Tomotaka Takahashi, Sputniko!, etc.

Presenter Profiles

Dai Tamesue

Dai Tamesue

Born in Hiroshima in 1978, Tamesue is the first Japanese sprinter to win a medal at a world-class track and field event. He won bronze medals in the men's 400 meter hurdle event at the 2001 Edmonton world championships and the 2005 Helsinki world championships, and competed in the Olympics three times; in Sydney, Athens, and Beijing. He also holds the Japanese record for the men's 400 m hurdle (as of August 2016). In 2012 he retired after 25 years of competition. He is involved in a wide range of activities including sports-related education and research through his own company Samurai Co., Ltd., the Athlete Society, and Xiborg Inc.

Shunji Yamanaka

Shunji Yamanaka

Yamanaka is a design engineer and professor at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. After graduating from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Engineering in 1982, he worked at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., then began working as a freelance designer in 1987. In 1994, he established Leading Edge Design. From 2008 to 2012 he was a professor at Keio University and in 2013 he began working as a professor at the University of Tokyo. In addition to designing a wide variety of industrial products such as wristwatches and railroad cars, he is also involved as a technician in robotics and communication technologies. In his university position, he is involved in research that creates new relations between people and objects, such as prosthetic legs and robots that appeal to the senses. In 2004 he won the Mainichi Design Prize and the German IF Good Design Award and Good Design Award. In 2010 the Tagtype Garage Kit was selected for the permanent collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Tomotaka Takahashi

Tomotaka Takahashi

Takahashi is a robotics creator and specially appointed associate professor at the University of Tokyo Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST). Born in 1975, he graduated from the Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering and immediately established the Robo Garage, the first venture of its kind for Kyoto University. His most famous creations include the robot telephone Robohon; Kirobo, the robotic astronaut; Deagostini's Weekly Robi; and EVOLTA, the robot that climbed the Grand Canyon. He has won the RoboCup World Championship for five consecutive years. His creation was selected for U.S. Time magazine's Best Inventions of 2004, and he was named one of the “33 People Who Will Change the Future” by Popular Science magazine. He is the CEO of Robo Garage, Inc.



Sputniko! is a modern artist and assistant professor at the Media Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her art involves videos, music, photos, and performances that reflect the changes in human existence and society brought about by technology. One of her recent major exhibitions was at the Setouchi International Art Festival 2016 (permanent exhibit at the Benesse Art Site; 2016). In 2013, she became assistant professor at the MIT Media Laboratory, and established the Design Fiction laboratory. In 2016 she won the 11th L'Oreal - UNESCO Award for Women in Science - Special Japan Award. Since April 2016 she has served as the MC for the NHK program Super Presentation. Her published works include Hamidasu Chikara (Takarajimasha).