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entrepreneur , air transportation executive

Kazuo Inamori, Japanese entrepreneur, air transportation executive. Ordained Buddhist priest 1997. Trustee Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1990—2002, trustee emeritus, since 2002; Member of National Academy of Engineering (foreign associate), Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Sciences (foreign), American Ceramic Society (life).

Background

Inamori, Kazuo was born on January 30, 1932 in Kagoshima City, Japan. Son of Kesaichi and Kimi (Tamari) Inamori.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry, Kagoshima University, 1955. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Denver, 1988. Doctor of Science (honorary), Cranfield University, 1995.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Alfred University, 1988. Deng (honorary), Case Western Reserve University, 2006. Doctor (honorary), Kyushu University, 2006.

Doctor (honorary), Kyoto Institute of Technology, 2010.

Career

Founder, member board directors Kyocera Corporation (formerly Kyoto Ceramic Limited company), 1959—2005, president, 1966-1985, chairman, 1986—1997, chairman emeritus, since 1997. Founder, chairman DDI Corporation, Japan, 1984—1997, chairman emeritus, 1997—2000, KDDI Corporation (merger between DDI Corporation, KDD Corporation & IDO Corporation), since 2001. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Japan Airlines International Limited company, Tokyo, since 2010.

Founder, president Seiwajyuku School Business Education, since 1983, Inamori Foundation, Kyoto, since 1984. Founder, chairman Kansai Cellular Telephone Сompany, Ltd., 1987—1997, DDI Pocket Telephone Inc., 1994—1997. Chairman board directors Taito Corporation, 1990—1997.

Appointed chairman Kyoto Chamber of Commerce & Industry, since 1995. Co-founder Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy, Washington, 2002. Founder Seiwa Social Welfare Association, 2003, Inamori Social Welfare Foundation, 2003, Inamori Academy Management & Technology, Kagoshima University, 2005.

Achievements

  • Ordained Buddhist priest 1997.

Works

Membership

Trustee Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1990—2002, trustee emeritus, since 2002. Member of National Academy of Engineering (foreign associate), Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Sciences (foreign), American Ceramic Society (life).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Golf, reading.

Connections

Married Asako Sunaga, December 14, 1958. Children: Shinobu, Chiharu, Mizuho.

father:
Kesaichi Inamori

mother:
Kimi (Tamari) Inamori

spouse:
Asako Sunaga

child:
Shinobu Inamori

child:
Chiharu Inamori

child:
Mizuho Inamori