Junzo Kawai lead SunTour. SunTour innovated and provided high quality components at affordable prices. They gave us something better than elite, often expensive, and occasionally defective, European components. They made the bike boom possible.
Nobuo Ozaki at SunTour invented the slant rear derailer, which shifted better than anything before. We still use the design.
We still use and value old SunTour rear derailers for proven durability and smoothness.
Before his death, Junzo Kawai gave rebirth to SunTour as SunXCD. May his vision prosper.
Not so much the every second counts world of competitive bicycling, but exploring the wonderful outdoor world at a pace that you set yourself, where the focus in on how much fresh air you get in your lungs, not how ultra-modern your equipment is. It is time that that type of bicycling gets the spotlight.