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Takemitsu Takizaki

Takemitsu Takizaki

Newly retired, Takizaki, 70, helped to invent the precision sensors used in Toyota car assembly lines and went on to quietly build up Keyence, his publicly-traded factory-automation company, over the last four decades. Known for its deep focus on R&D, the firm owns numerous technology patents, and is known to attract the brightest minds with performance-based pay packages.