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 YEAR: 1985
 ITEM: Digital Computer
 COMPANY: Yamazaki Machinery Works
RARITY: Exceedingly Rare   Click here for further information on our rarity scale Information on the rarity of this item is unknown.

YPC-1000 Basic-alpha


Interesting computer made in Japan but there is very little information on it. It was built by Yamazaki Educational Equipment Company, LTD. This 8-bit microcomputer was known as the Basic·α (Basic·alpha)and as the YPC·1000. Both names appear on the original box and on the computer.

The computer is really SMALL! It's about 2" wider than my Samsung Galaxy smartphone and about twice as thick....roughly 7" x 5" x 1". It came in its original box and has a set of instructions with it, unfortunately (for me), the instructions are in Japanese. But from the pictures, it is clear that the YPC-1000 was a kit computer that the owner put together him/herself. It runs on four AA batteries and has an LCD screen that displays 1 line of 16 characters.

According to, the computer was made in the 1980s.1

It seems to have been made by the Yamazaki Machinery Works. We came across an article in the NY Times from 1981 that was about the company opening a manless manufacturing factory....what is now called an automated factory!

The scene here is one of eerie, antiseptic efficiency. Everything is clean, oiled and steely. No coffee cups, cigarette butts or the other flotsam of human activity is to be found.

You get high-quality products with this system regardless of the quality of the workers, Mr. Yamazaki said. That's why we have so many foreign inquiries.

Industries in Japan are not driving for the manless factory per se, said Kenichi Ohmae, managing director of the Mckinsey & Company office in Tokyo. They are after flexible, low-cost manufacturing systems. If you get rid of people completely, you lose some of the flexibility that comes with human intelligence, he added. 2

One wonders was this early automation process related to the company developing the YPC-1000 and offering it for sale.



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