Kazuo Inamori was born January 21 1932 in
Kagoshima, on the island of
Kyushu in Japan.
 Inamori graduated from
Kagoshima University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied
 He became a researcher at Shofu Industries in Kyoto, Japan.
 There he was important in several developments, developing
fosterite as an insulator for high frequency radio waves; using fosterite for the mass production of high frequency insulator components; and developing an electric tunnel kiln for use in
In 1959, Inamori and several other colleagues established Kyoto Ceramic, later known as
Kyocera. The company manufactured high-frequency insulator components for television picture tubes for Matsushita Electronics Industries (later
Panasonic) in Japan, and silicon transistor headers for
Fairchild Semiconductor and ceramic substrates for
IBM in the United States.
 At Kyocera, Inamori implemented his
Amoeba Management system.
After deregulation of Japan’s telecommunications industry in 1984, Inamori founded Daini Denden (DDI) Corporation. DDI later entered the cell phone business, merging with KDD (Kokusai Denshin Denwa) and IDO (Nippon Idou Tsushin Corporation in 2000 to form
KDDI, which has grown to become Japan's second-largest telecommunication services provider.
At the age of 77, Inamori became the CEO of
Japan Airlines when it entered bankruptcy protection on January 19, 2010, and led the air carrier through its restructuring, eventually allowing the company to re-list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in November 2012.
 Inamori has been an International Advisor of
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.