He graduated from Kagoshima University in with a Bachelor's of Engineering degree and joined Shofu Industries, an insulator manufacturing company in Kyoto. In April , he established Kyoto Ceramic Co. He served as president and chairman of the company until , when he assumed the title of founder and chairman emeritus. When Japan's telecommunications industry was deregulated in , Inamori quickly took the initiative to establish DDI Corporation, and became the chairman. Inamori served as KDDI's chairman emeritus.
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The honorary KBE title recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to society as a whole. Inamori founded, Kyocera and KDDI, have created thousands of jobs and revitalised local economies across the UK, including data centres in the London Docklands which carry more than half the public internet traffic in Europe. At Japan Airlines, Dr. Inamori played a critical role in negotiating the contract to purchase Airbus aircraft. The Kyoto Prize that Dr. Inamori created has recognised 12 eminent British individuals with awards since The British Ambassador Paul Madden saluted Inamori for his personal leadership and commitment, and was delighted to congratulate him on the award of an Honorary Knighthood.
Inamori established Kyocera at age 27 and began devoting himself continuously to the development and marketing of advanced ceramic materials. In , at the age of 78, he accepted a volunteer assignment as chairman of Japan Airlines, leading it out of bankruptcy, returning it to solid profitability, and relisting it on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The following year, he was invited to speak at the University of Oxford. I will continue to make efforts so that the friendly relationship between Japan and the UK may further develop in favorable ways forever. By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, solar power generating systems, printers, copiers and mobile phones.
About KDDI. KDDI is a telecommunication service provider in Japan, offering both mobile and fixed-line communications. With a year history, KDDI is now focusing on creating smart infrastructure through IoT technologies and open innovation with partners and start-up companies in diverse industries.
About Japan Airlines. Awarded as one of the most punctual major international airlines and a certified 5-Star Airline by Skytrax, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and quality in every aspect of its service, and aims to become one of the most preferred and valued airlines in the world. The Foundation seeks to actively promote peace and prosperity among all people on earth through the promotion of mutual understanding.
It does this through programs of public recognition and the support of creative activities to foster science, culture, and the enrichment of the human spirit, as well as through social contributions.
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The honorary KBE title recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to society as a whole. Inamori founded, Kyocera and KDDI, have created thousands of jobs and revitalised local economies across the UK, including data centres in the London Docklands which carry more than half the public internet traffic in Europe. At Japan Airlines, Dr. Inamori played a critical role in negotiating the contract to purchase Airbus aircraft.