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The Kyocera Philosophy is a management philosophy developed by Dr. Kazuo Inamori which grew out of questioning and searching for his own answers about work and life. The Kyocera Philosophy is a philosophy of life acquired through experience. Its basis is, "I believe this is the right way to live as a human being." This way of thinking has also been adopted by KDDI as the KDDI Philosophy, and by many of the member companies of Seiwajyuku. Here is an introduction to Kazuo Inamori's management philosophy — it is the starting point of management, and provides helpful decision-making criteria for all aspects of life.

What is the Kyocera Philosophy?
From the book, Respect the Divine and Love People
In 1959, I was a 27-year-old ceramics engineer. That year, thanks to the support of many people, seven of my friends and I founded Kyocera (then known as Kyoto Ceramic Co., Ltd.). In the more than 40 years since, I have completely dedicated myself to developing and leading our business group, with Kyocera at the center.

In both my professional and personal life, I have struggled with many dead-end situations which caused me endless agony. In those difficult circumstances, I would always go back to the fundamentals and ask myself, "What is the right thing to do as a human being?" Everything I do in my work is based upon this fundamental principle. Observing this rule, day in and day out, has brought me amazing results.

For a group of people to work together effectively toward a successful result, they must all clearly understand a common goal. All of their "vectors" must be aligned in the same direction. If the group forms a business entity, their vectors must similarly point in the same direction based on what might be called a management rationale or corporate motto, which must be supported by a clear guiding principle or philosophy. As for Kyocera, since its inception, I have been writing down thoughts about my experiences and the lessons that I have learned from running the company, so that I can share these lessons with all employees as the "Kyocera Philosophy."

This philosophy is based on a very fundamental idea: do the right thing as a human being, and practice this idea fairly.
Philosophy may seem irrelevant to corporate management, but I believe it will become clear how we should manage a company as we pursue an ideal attitude as human beings. A company's management is truly a reflection of its top executives' characters. Therefore, if managers develop a strong moral character, I believe that their criteria for judgment should improve their management capabilities.

External Link Kyocera Corporation, Corporate Motto / Management Rationale
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