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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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22. THE STATUE

AS NISSAN APPROACHED THE year 1960, it slowly and systematically became stronger. Its tempestuous labor problems were in the past. What money it was making—and more, much more—was being spent on new machinery, and its debt had grown awesome. The strain on the entire company was enormous. Yet although it was happening in the most painful way, Nissan was evolving into a real industrial force.

Kinichi Tamura, one of the Nissan design engineers, remembered 1960 and the years just before and after as a frenzied time. New plants were being planned and old ones expanded while at the same time the company tried desperately to keep production on schedule. On the factory floor, men tried to work at their stations as all around them construction ...

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