Tokyo, Japan – 23 July 2008:
Takanori Yoneyama, retired Chairman of Konica-Minolta in a celebratory event in Tokyo received the American Society for Quality’s Distinguished Service Medal from Gregory H. Watson, ASQ Past-president and Fellow who presented it on behalf of the ASQ Board of Directors.
ASQ recognized Mr. Yoneyama for a lifetime of service to the global quality movement and exemplary leadership of the Japanese quality programs for over forty years. Service cited included leadership of the Japanese Quality Circles Association (JQCA), Japanese Society for Quality Control (JSQC), and the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE). He has been recognized with the Deming Prize for Individuals, the Nikki Quality Control Literature prize for book he published in 1969, Order of the Blue Ribbon and the Order of the Sun Rising from Japan, and the ASQ Kaoru Ishikawa Medal.
Mr. Yoneyama studied quality in the university and began a fifty year career at Konica which began in the quality organization and ended as Chairman of the Board. ASQ recognized the uniqueness of his quality career and the role model that he offers for quality professionals to advance in their careers.
While the award of the Distinguished Service Medal was formally announced at the ASQ annual quality conference in Houston, Texas during May 2008, Mr. Yoneyama was unable to attend so this celebration and presentation was arranged by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers during a business trip by Mr. Watson to Japan.
Takanori Yoneyama (right center) with Gregory H. Watson (left center), joined by Noriaki Kano (left) and Yoji Akao (right).