April 2020

Founder of Japanese Aerosol Newspaper passes away

Youmei Kobayashi, Founder of Japanese Aerosol Newspaper Co. Ltd., passed away on March 22 at the age of 84 of pneumonia unrelated to the COVID-19 virus. Kobayashi founded the publication at the age of 31 and served as a Chairman & Representative Issuer until his death.

The first issue was published on April 1, 1967 with a statement that read, “We will not go after any particular organization or company, and we will be neutral with [an] unbiased editorial policy.”

According to Tetsuya Motojima, Vice Chief Editor of Japanese Aerosol Newspaper Co. Ltd., “The Japanese aerosol market was small at that time, but fortunately [Kobayashi] got acquainted with [U.S. aerosol product expert] Montfort A. Johnsen and others abroad [to develop] the newspaper company.”

Mr. Youmei Kobayashi