Yoshizo Shimano, chairman emeritus and former president of his family’s eponymous company, died of chronic heart failure on July 2. He was 85. He was the third son of Shimano’s founder, Shozaburo Shimano, and joined what was then called Shimano Industrial in 1958. Yoshizo Shimano will doubtless be remembered for his leading role in the international expansion of the company, which is now generating about 90 percent of its annual turnover of around $3.3 billion outside Japan. He spent 27 years in the U.S. In 1965 he established Shimano’s first division abroad in New York City, calling it Shimano American, and began serving as its president. He established a second such division for Europe in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1972. In the 1980s he led a profitable push into mountain biking, particularly in the U.S. He returned to Japan in 1992, and three years later he became Shimano’s overall president. In 1998, he switched the company’s official language from Japanese to English. He was named chairman in 2001 and chairman emeritus the following year. Starting also in 2001, he served as chairman of Japan’s bicycle association, now called the General Bicycle Association, for ten years and became afterwards its honorary chairman.