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When Japan Airlines nearly went bust three years ago they called for an eighty year old who had no experience of running an airline. He is now hailed for his results and for his manner of delivering them
Kazuo Inamori had already earned great respect in Japan for his entrepreneurial and leadership skills. These were demonstrated three decades ago when he founded the DDI Corporation (now KDDI), which become a leading telecommunication services provider in Japan. Two decades earlier in 1959 he had created Kyocera, now a multinational electronics and ceramics business.