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
External video
Kazuo Inamori: A Conversation on Business Innovation and Philosophy (with English translation audio) , UC Berkeley
The Inamori Center on Kyushu University Ito campus
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]

Biography[edit]

Kazuo Inamori was born January 30, 1932 in Kagoshima, on the island of Kyushu in Japan.[2] Inamori graduated from Kagoshima University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in applied chemistry.[1] He became a researcher at Shofu Industries in Kyoto, Japan.[2] There he was important in several developments, developing fosterite as an insulator for high frequency radio waves; using fosterite for the mass production of high frequency insulator components; and developing an electric tunnel kiln for use in sintering.[2]

In 1959, Inamori and several other colleagues established Kyoto Ceramic, later known as Kyocera. The company manufactured high-frequency insulator components for television picture tubes for Matsushita Electronics Industries (later Panasonic) in Japan, and silicon transistor headers for Fairchild Semiconductor and ceramic substrates for IBM in the United States.[2] At Kyocera Inamori implemented his Amoeba Management system.[3]

After deregulation of Japan’s telecommunications industry in 1984, Inamori founded Daini Denden (DDI) Corporation. DDI later entered the cell phone business, merging with KDD (Kokusai Denshin Denwa) and IDO (Nippn Idou Tsushin Corporation in 2000 to form KDDI, which has grown to become Japan's second-largest telecommunication services provider.[2]

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.[4] Inamori has been an International Advisor of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.[5]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 1984 Inamori, who is a Zen Buddhist priest,[6] established the Inamori Foundation, which awards the annual Kyoto Prize to honor those who have made "extraordinary contributions to science, civilization, and the spirituality of humankind."[2]

In 2005, Inamori helped to establish the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), with a gift of $10 million. The center awards the Inamori Ethics Prize to those who serve as examples of ethical leadership and make significant contributions to the betterment of global society.[2][6]

Awards and honors[edit]

Dr. Inamori has received many awards and honors, including:

  • Honorary Doctorate from Kagoshima University, 1999[2]
  • Honorary Doctorate from Kyushu University, 2006[2]
  • Honorary Doctorate from Kyoto Institute of Technology, 2010[2]
  • International Citizens Award, Japan America Society of Southern California, 2011[2]
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, San Diego State University[2]
  • Othmer Gold Medal, 2011[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kazuo Inamori to Receive 2011 Othmer Gold Medal at 10th Annual Heritage Day". December 16, 2010. Chemical Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Tritton, Thomas R.; Choi, Hyungsub; Ulrych, Richard (April 19, 2010). "Interview with Kazuo Inamori". Center for Oral History. Chemical Heritage Foundation. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Robin (August 25, 1994). "Case Study: Kyocera Corp.: The Amoeba Management System". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "JAL, Delta reach basic deal over comprehensive tie-up". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Kazuo Inamori". Businessweek. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Sams, Tonya (September 6, 2012). "CWRU's Inamori International Center gets $1 million, honors environmentalist David Suzuki". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

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