OSAKA, JAPAN July 6, 2020 - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman Yoshizo Shimano. Yoshizo died of chronic heart failure at the age of 85 on July 3, 2020.
The contributions he made to Shimano's business cannot be measured and his impact will be felt forever.
On behalf of our management team and employees, we extend our deepest condolences to his family.
The funeral has been held by close relatives, with his surviving wife, Ms. Ikuko Shimano, representing the family.
His family would like to respectfully decline condolence visits, telegraphs, or funeral offerings at this time.
Please direct any questions to Corporate Communications at (+81) 72-223-3957.
Born Nov 27, 1934
1934 Born as the third son of the founder Mr. Shozaburo Shimano.
1965 Assume the position of President of Shimano American, the sales subsidiary in the United States.
Through his twenty-seven year residence there, Yoshizo contributed greatly in developing the overseas market.
1995 Assume the position of President of Shimano Inc.
2001 Assume the position of Chairman of Shimano Inc.
2012 Assume the position of Chairman Emeritus of Shimano Inc.
He has been powerfully leading the Japanese bicycle industry for a decade since 2001 as President of the Bicycle Association of Japan (now the General Bicycle Association), serving as its honorary chairman since 2011.