Kazuo Inamori

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Kazuo Inamori
稲盛 和夫
Kazuo Inamori 2011 Heritage Day HD2011-71.JPG
Born (1932-01-30) January 30, 1932 (age 83)
Kagoshima, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Fields Engineering, Chemistry, Philanthropy, Management
Alma mater Kagoshima University
Notable awards Othmer Gold Medal
Kazuo Inamori (right) at the Crowne Plaza Cabana, in Palo Alto, CA

Kazuo Inamori (稲盛 和夫 Inamori Kazuo?, born January 30, 1932) is a Japanese philanthropist, entrepreneur and the founder of Kyocera Corporation and KDDI Corporation. He is the chairman of Japan Airlines. In 2011, he received the Othmer Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to progress in science and chemistry.[1]


The Inamori Center on Kyushu University Ito campus

Inamori graduated from Kagoshima University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in applied chemistry.[1]

In 1959 he created Kyocera, and there he implemented his Amoeba Management[2] system. In 1984, he founded DDI Corporation (now KDDI), which has grown to become Japan's second-largest telecommunication services provider.

Inamori became the new CEO of Japan Airlines when it entered bankruptcy protection on January 19, 2010, and led the air carrier through its restructuring, eventually allowing the company to re-list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in November 2012.[3] Inamori has been an International Advisor of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.[4]


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