Two people who symbolize the times passed away

Kyoto Tsuchimonogatari, at Kyocera Headquarters, Masami Tokudome, Public Relations Manager, May 2004

Mr. Inamori’s emotional support for going on to Sekimon Materials introduced at Kyo-suzume School in Spain March 2018
Yoshie Doi

Kyocera founder Kazuo Inamori and former Soviet president Gorbachev have passed away. They were two people who symbolized an era.

After retiring from the presidency, I met Mr. Gorbachev when I assisted him at the Green Cross international conference held at the Kyoto International Conference Center, and I remember him being a very friendly person. I was with Mrs. Raisa, who was doing well.

I have never met Mr. Inamori, but I have heard many stories from people who were close to him. They are the people who created an era. Intel’s CPU became too hot, so it was decided to wrap it in a ceramic package, and Kyocera’s breakthrough began. At one point, all Intel CPUs used Kyocera ceramics. The horsepower with which a company founded in the Showa era performed its enormous production is wonderful. Mr. Nagamori, the founder of Nidec, said that the Kyocera Building at that time was lit brightly even after midnight every night. Mr. Nagamori has repeatedly said, “His goal in life is to get ahead Mr. Inamori,” and I have heard this many times.

Mr. Inamori’s favorite dish is Yoshinoya’s gyudon, and about 30 years ago, I visited Yoshinoya for the first time with a friend to find out what kind of gyudon it was. I was really surprized. When I learned that Mr. Inamori entertained the governor of Kyoto Prefecture and other famous people at Yoshinoya, I was reminded of his extraordinary personality. His favorite was the Yoshinoya Yurakucho branch.

When Mr. Inamori got off the Shinkansen, he would pick up trash, arrange the seats so that they faced the direction of travel, and thank the train by saying, “Thank you very much.” When I left the hotel where I stayed, it seems that the bed was neatly made and tidy.

This habit is also pursued by Mr. Hizesaburo Kagiyama, the founder of Yellow Hat, who I respect. I often learn from behavior when no one is watching. Is it a rule of success or a common denominator?

Mr. Inamori respected Mr. Baigan Ishida, who was born in the Edo period and was the founder of “Sekimon Shingaku”, and he considered it a philosophy of entrepreneurship. In May 2004, we held the Kyo-suzume school “Kyoto Tsuchimonogatari” at the Kyocera head office to learn technology with Kyocera’s Inamori Times. Tokudome, who was then the head of public relations and advertising, gave a detailed explanation, and the head of the strategic headquarters talked about technology. In addition, we held the Kyoto Sparrow School at the birthplace of Mr. Baigan Ishida in Kameoka. I hope to inherit that spirit.

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