UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) – The co-founder and chairman of Casio Computer, Kazuo Kashio, died on June 18. He was 89.

A company statement released on June 19 said Kashio died of aspiration pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital.

Kashio helped develop and commercialize the world’s first compact electric calculator. He and his three brothers founded electronics-maker giant Casio Computer in 1957.

The company had another global hit in 1983 when it launched G-Shock products. Kashio played a vital role in the development of the shock-resistance watch at a time when watches were deemed “fragile and valuable.”

The company’s statement said Kashio dedicated his career to the creation of innovative products used for people’s daily lives.

His message on the company website says, “By breaking free from preconceptions and conventional notions, we have conceived products that are truly needed and used our digital technologies to make them a reality.”