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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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17. DEMING FINDS AN AUDIENCE

THE FIRST POSTWAR DECADE was hard on the Japanese. The little capital all their labor produced was poured back into the industrial rebuilding of Japan. But the sacrifice at least was communal, the hardships shared. People made do with very little. Food and clothes remained dear. Most businessmen seemed to have two suits, a good one and bad one. The bad suit they wore around home; the good suit they wore to the office. It somehow always looked freshly pressed. On the train between Osaka and Tokyo, Japanese businessmen sometimes sat in their undershorts so that they would not wrinkle the pants of that good suit. Most had only two shirts, too. Yet the astonishing thing, one Westerner who lived there at the time remembered, ...

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