Inoue was born in Ōita Prefecture. In 1897, Inoue was a BOJ trainee along with Hisaakira Hijikata. Both young men were sent by the bank to learn about British banking practices in London. From 1913-1919, Inoue was head of the Yokohama Specie Bank Inoue was Governor of the Bank of Japan from March 13, 1919 – September 2, 1923 and again from May 10, 1927 – June 1, 1928.
In 1932, assassination cut short the life of this prominent public figure.
- Bank of Japan (BOJ), 9th and 11th Governor
- Metzler, Mark. (2006). Lever of Empire: the International Gold Standard and the Crisis of crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan, p. 9. at Google Books
- Tamaki, Norio. (1995). Japanese banking: a History, 1859-1959, p. 120 at Google Books
- BOJ, List of Governors.
- Tamaki, p. 169 at Google Books
- Metzler, Mark. (2006). Lever of Empire: the International Gold Standard and the Crisis of crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press. 10-ISBN 0520244206/13-ISBN 9780520244207; OCLC 469841628
- Tamaki, Norio. (1995). Japanese banking: a History, 1859-1959. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 10-ISBN 0521496764/13-ISBN 9780521496766; OCLC 231677071
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