Roland corporation is a japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. it was founded by ikutaro kakehashi in osaka on april 18, 1972, with ¥33 million in capital. in 2005, roland's headquarters relocated to hamamatsu in shizuoka prefecture. today it has factories in italy, taiwan, japan, and the usa. as of march 31, 2010, it employed 2,699 employees.