A tribute to the founder of Takachiho, Masashi Egami the pioneer of ‘Japan’s Specialty Gas Industry’


On 16th April 2017, Masashi Egami, the founder of ‘Japan’s Specialty Gas Industry’, sadly passed away at the age of 103.

Masashi was the Chairman and the Founder of Takachiho Chemical Industrial and Takachiho Trading Company. He was born on 10th January 1914, in Kurume in Fukuoka Prefecture and in 1939, he graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a degree in Applied Chemistry.

After graduation, Masashi worked at Showa Densen Denryu Laboratory. When World War II broke out, he was drafted into the Army Aviation of the Narashino Air Force Regiment where he worked as an engineer commission officer in the rocket fuel division. After the War, in 1946, he worked at a research lab, in Hodogaya Kagaku, which sent him to work on a project at Tohoku University, where he was exposed to the world of industrial and high purity gases for the first time.

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