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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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16. THE FIRST VICTORY

AT THE TIME OF the Nissan strike, Yutaka Katayama was a rising young executive in the company. He was a conservative young man of upper-class origins. His grandfather had been a rich landowner in Saitama prefecture, a man with some seventy acres of land, an immense plot in Japan, and some thirty tenant farmers. The grandfather had been an exuberant and enlightened man. Whatever was new, whether it was a bicycle, a car, or some device for the kitchen, he had to have it. He insisted that his sons go to college, even his first son, which was unusual in Japan, where the duty of the first son was to stay behind and work the land and learn nothing that would make him restless with his destiny. Yutaka Katayama’s father went to ...

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