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1956 Began development of a split-type sofa bed at a time when beds were still rare in Japan.

Most people in Japan in the 1950s still slept on futons on the floor. Minoru Ikeda, the founder of FranceBed, started work on a new bed; still rare in Japan at that time. e first version released was a split-type sofa bed which became well known around Japan as being a sofa by day and a bed by night. In a time when the western lifestyle was adored in Japan, this sofa would fit into small Japanese houses to create a modern atmosphere. It was the perfect example of a rich lifestyle.

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