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Kazuo Inamori's Personal History
Historical Events
2000 68
Acquisition of Mita Corp. (copier manufacturer); established Kyocera Mita(now KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. )  
Y2K problem
Merged DDI, KDD and IDO into one organization and established KDDI;
became chairman emeritus of KDDI
Photo : Press conference at KDDI's inauguration
2001 69
Assumed the position of honorary adviser of KDDI  
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States
2002 70
Established Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy  
2003 71
Established Seiwa Social Welfare Association and Inamori Social Welfare Foundation Photo : Press conference at Inamori Social Welfare Foundation's inauguration
Start of Iraq War; Saddam Hussein's regime collapses
2004 72
Received title of "Envoy of Sino-Japanese Friendship" from China-Japan Friendship Association  
2005 73
Changed DDI Pocket Telephone Inc. to WILLCOM, Inc.
Established Inamori Academy of Management and Technology at Kagoshima University
Retired from Kyocera Corporation's board of directors Photo : Speech at Kyocera Corporation's general shareholders' meeting
2006 74
Awarded honorary doctorate degree from Kyushu University Photo : Honorary doctorate degree from Kyushu University
Awarded honorary engineering doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University in the United States  


Inamori Foundation announced donation to Kyoto University for creation of Inamori Center  
Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence established at Case Western Reserve University  
2008 76
Ceremony held at Kyushu University to commemorate the event. Inamori Foundation pledged to fund construction of Inamori Center. Additionally, Kyocera Corporation made an endowment for Kyocera Research Grant.  
2009 77
Received the "Entrepreneur for the World" Award at the World Entrepreneurship Forum, France Photo : Received "Entrepreneur for the World"Award
2010 78
Became chairman of Japan Airlines  
Became special adviser to the Cabinet  
2011 79
Recieved International Citizens Award from Japan America Society of Southern California Photo : Inamori giving a speech
Great East Japan Earthquake
Received Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from San Diego State University Photo : Picture of award certificate
Received the 2011 Othmer Gold Medal Photo : Picture with Dr. David Abshire, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
2012 80
Received "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Boston Japan Society Photo : William Hunt and Peter Grilli present Inamori with the Lifetime Achievement Award(Photo: Dom Miguel Photography)
Became chairman emeritus of Japan Airlines. Japan Airlines successfully relisted on Tokyo Stock Exchange Photo : Japan Airlines successfully relisted on Tokyo Stock Exchange
2013 81
Retired from Japan Airlines's board of directors
2014 82
Gave lecture at Oxford University (U.K.) Photo : Dr. Inamori answering questions from the audience
2015 83
Gave lectures in Paris and Lyon, France Photo : Dr. Inamori answering questions from the audience
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