Kunio Egashira

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Kunio Egashira (江頭 邦雄 Egashira Kunio?, October 1, 1937[1] – April 7, 2008) was the Japanese chairman of Ajinomoto, a Japanese food company which specializes in seasoning and flavorings.

Egashira was born in Nagasaki Prefecture and graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a degree in economics.[1]

Egashira became president of Ajinomoto in June 1997.[2] He pushed through a very aggressive array of business reforms as president. He realigned Ajinomoto to focus on growth areas within the food industry, with an emphasis on amino acid technology.[2]

Egashira became president following a scandal at the company. His predecessor stepped down as president to take over the managerial responsibility at Ajinomoto.[2] Two company officials were indicted for making illegal payments to corporate racketeers.[2]

Egashira became chairman of the company in June 2005.[2]

Kunio Egashira died on April 7, 2008, of pancreatic cancer at the age of 70.[2]


  1. ^ a b 江頭邦雄:イザ! (in Japanese). Iza. 2006-07-26. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Uranaka, Taiga (2008-04-09). "Ajinomoto chairman Kunio Egashira, 70, dies". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 

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