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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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24. THE PIONEER

IN EARLY 1960, YUTAKA KATAYAMA, who two years before had forced Nissan to enter the auto rally in Australia and then led the team to victory, was told to look at Nissan’s operations in California. The job was as much banishment as reward. After his win in Australia and his triumphal year as a national hero, the company had no job for him, for he was not really a company man. His old job as advertising manager had been given away to a union loyalist. There was no place for him in Tokyo, and he was not the kind of person to accept a lesser job. Kyoichi Harashina, his friend and sponsor, had lost out in a power struggle to Kawamata and been exiled to Nissan Diesel. Katayama’s future looked bleak. Another friend in the Nissan hierarchy, ...

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