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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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23. THE BOSS

ICHIRO SHIOJI, NUMBER TWO in the Nissan union, had never been a man destined to spend much of his career as anyone’s deputy. It was as if some larger force carried him to the top now. This was an era in which the Japanese establishment was exercising its reclaimed mandate, bringing discipline and control to the work force, and Shioji was an instrument through which that establishment’s notion of national purpose was turned into reality on the factory floor. In short, he was the muscle.

Miyake, his superior, was soon vulnerable. Having saved Kawamata from the coup and played the deciding role in assuring him the presidency, Miyake had wanted his due: He wanted to go on the Nissan board. He had asked Kawamata to put him on, and Kawamata ...

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