Japanese entrepreneur who first visited Sydney in 1887. On his return to Japan he opened a trading house, Kanematsu, coming back to Sydney in 1890 with Toranosuke Kitamura to open an Australian office, and shipping the first direct consignment of wool from Australia to Japan. He visited Sydney several times, but lived in Japan.
In 1933 the company donated funds for the establishment of the Kanematsu Memorial Institute of Pathology at Sydney Hospital in memory of him and his wife Sen Katematsu, in recognition of the medical care and support given to early Japanese migrants by the Australian community. The Institute closed in the early 1980s, but the Kanematsu Fund continues to donate an annual research scholarship to the Australian Royal Pathology Association.