Former Keidanren Chief Yonekura Dies at 81

Society Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--Hiromasa Yonekura, former chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), who also led Sumitomo Chemical Co. <4005>, died of pneumonia on Friday at a hospital in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo. He was 81.

A native of the western Japan city of Kobe, Yonekura joined Sumitomo Chemical in 1960 after graduating from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Law the same year.

He became president of Sumitomo Chemical in 2000 and chairman in 2009. Yonekura stepped aside to the post of consultant of the firm in 2014.

Yonekura served as chairman of Keidanren, the biggest business lobby in Japan, in 2010-2014. He was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, a government honor, in 2015.

While in office as Sumitomo Chemical president, Yonekura worked to launch a petrochemical joint business with Saudi Arabian Oil Co., or Saudi Aramco.

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