OSAKA, JAPAN — Yoshizo Shimano, Chariman of iconic tackle company Shimano passed away on June 6 of chronic heart failure. 

Born in 1934 as the third son of company founder, Mr. Shozaburo Shimano, Yoshizo Shimano assumed the president’s office of Shimano American in 1965. In 27 years at Shimano American, he contributed exponentially to the development of Shimano’s reputation worldwide. In 1995, Yoshizo Shimano became president of Shimano Inc., and in 2001 he was elected Chairman of Shimano Inc. His impact was also felt across the Japanese bicycle industry, where he served as the president of the Bicycle Association of Japan since 2001.

Upon his passing, the company promptly released a statement, which you can read below.

It is with profound sadness that Shimano 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.