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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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9. THE CRUSHING OF MASUDA

THE STRUGGLE WAS LARGELY beyond the workers. They were at once exhilarated and fearful. Wary by nature, they grew warier the longer the strike went on.

That spring Sanosuke Tanaka, a worker at the Nissan plant at Yoshiwara, was thirty-eight years old. That made him one of the older workers in the company. He had worked for Nissan before the war; most of the men at the plant had been hired after the war as the company had slowly expanded. He had joined Nissan in 1937 after a series of lesser jobs. There had been a small ad in a newspaper saying that Nissan was going to hire a few people for its assembly plant. Nissan, to a peasant like Tanaka, had seemed a great company, and he had immediately wanted to go to work there. ...

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