The Kyocera Philosophy

by Kazuo Inamori


608 pages / June 2014 / 2,400 yen (w/o tax)

Containing the origins of the million-selling book A Compass to Fulfillment, the core "unique and secret writings" of the Inamori Philosophy are finally available to the public!


The author, one of the greatest corporate executives of our era, who is responsible for Kyocera, the establishment of KDDI, the rebuilding of Japan Airlines’ infrastructure, and taking part in the development of many global enterprises, has decided to share the “Kyocera Philosophy” with the general public. Until now, this complete work of over 600 pages could be read only within the walls of Kyocera or at Seiwa Jyuku, a business school of which the author is the principal. It comes in a special vinyl cover that makes it hard to put away. This book is filled with thoughts and ideas regarding the work ethic and life principles useful to all walks of life, including those of housewives, students, educators, executives, and other businesspeople. Make this the book you take everywhere, and enjoy reading it over and over again.

From the table of contents

– Chapter One: For a fulfilling life
Have heartfelt aspirations and desires / Live each day with earnestness, and more

– Chapter Two: Heart of Management
Manage with the heart and soul of a true manager / Seek success and profit in an honest and fair way, and more

– Chapter Three: At Kyocera, each person is a manager
Price setting as management / Maximizing sales, minimizing expenses, and more

– Chapter Four: Management to Enhance Progress
Have a hands-on approach / Make crisp, stellar products, and more

From the editor

Aside from being in charge of editing this book, I was fully captivated and absorbed in Mr. Inamori’s words from the beginning of this amazing, 600-page volume to the very end. This is simply because the book contains a powerful message and is brimming with sharp insight. Even while in the process of working on this book, as a reader I was also able to learn and reflect and felt encouraged to take my work head-on. It feels as if you are taking inventory of your life as you read. From the 78 entries collected in this book, I hope you will find a philosophy that suits you.


Kazuo Inamori

Born in 1932 in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kazuo Inamori is a graduate of Kagoshima University’s Department of Technology. He established Kyoto Ceramic Corporation (Kyocera Corp.) in 1959, becoming the honorary president in 1997 after time spent as company president and company chairman. In 1984, Mr. Inamori established the Japanese telecommunications company KDDI Corporation and was inaugurated as the company president, later to become the chief advisor in 2001. In 2010 he was inaugurated as the president of Japan Airlines, continuing on to the position of representative director before being named honorary president. He started the Inamori Foundation in 1984 and founded the Kyoto Prize, which honors those who have made great achievements in the progress and development of society every year. On top of this, he is putting his heart and soul into the training of the next generation of young managers as principal of his business school, Seiwa Jyuku. His main literary works include A Compass to Fulfillment (Sunmark), 7 Keys to Motivating Your Employees (Nikkei Publishing Inc.), Passion That Leads to Success (PHP Institute, Inc.), Life and Management (Chichi Publishing), The High Road of Life> (Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.), Always Actualize Your Imagination (Zaikai Co., Ltd.), The Way to Work (Mikasa Shobo Co., Ltd.) and A Burning, Fighting Spirit (Mainichi Newspapers).