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<Friday, June 6, 1980 The Japan Industrial Journal>


President Inoue is a technician by nature. He says he inherited his sense from his father.

On April 17, 1912, at the end of the Meiji era, he was born in Choja Town the center of Yokohama as the eldest son of Mr. Hideo Inoue and his wife Tsune.

Although Hideo was the second son of a farm family in Nagano Prefecture, he could not set up a branch family as he wished. As most children who were not the eldest sons did in those days, he went to Tokyo when he graduated primary school and lead a life as a mechanical engineer. Brass tobacco cases were in fashion in Japan at the time of the World War I. They were the type of cases that two brass boards were put together and tobaccos were fixed in a rubber band. Hideo was the designer of the cases.

"People from Nagano Prefecture are hard workers."

, says Inoue. Hideo, indeed, seemed to be a typical person from Nagano: he established himself as an honest and skilled technical expert that tackled variety of machines conforming to the change of the times,

As Inoue acknowledges, he has inherited Hideo's nature. Since he was always surrounded by machines, Inoue was an inimitable machine lover ever since he could remember. "I did not show interest in finished toys. I used to stock up parts and assembled anything from parts by myself for fun with a soldering iron in my small hand always saying that I would become a mechanician." (Inoue)

However, the road to a mechanician was not that easy.

He came up against the first obstacle when he took a junior high school entrance exam. Although he passed the written exam, he failed a test of strength because of his left arm broken from gymnastics in his sixth year of primary school.

Young Inoue, who wanted to be a mechanician, does not seem to have been good at gymnastics. However, his broken left arm was to play an important role in his life in the future. This will be described in detail later, but life is quite interesting.

Friday, June 6, 1980 The Japan Industrial Journal

Now that he failed the junior high school entrance exam, he could not live in idleness. He decided to go to an evening school serving the president of an art school in Ueno. This leads to the next turning point.

There were guides to schools in everyplace provided in the office of the art school. Inoue, who did not lose love of learning yet, read the guides and looked for a suitable school when he was free.
Kanagawa Technical Highschool attracted his attention.

There are some reasons he was attracted to the school: First, tuition fees were reasonable because it was a prefectural school and the facilities were fine. Besides, he liked the dormitories the school had.
Inoue was an only son because he lost his only younger brother to the measles at the age of three.
He was loved by his parents all the more, but now he just wanted to study calmly leaving home.

In 1926, Inoue entered the Kanagawa Technical Highschool of his dearest wish. The fourteen-year-old boy's heart was filled with happiness and joyful expectation of studying machines he loved.

Since then he lives calm student life fully enjoying his dormitory life until the day of graduation in 1931. Inoue recalls that it was one of the most satisfying time in half his life till now being provided with his expenses and being able to concentrate on the studies he loved without fears.

After his graduation, there were still some complications. It was right in the middle of a slump. The storm of the Depression, which engulfed the world since the end of 1920s, was blowing up all over Japan. Although he graduated school, there was not a satisfactory job.

He had an employment examination for Mitsubishi Airplane* on sufferance, but there was no way he could pass it. In the end, he found a job and worked for about a year and a half as an apprentice at a rubber company that his classmate's brother was involved with.

After that, experiencing the alloy casting section of Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry Co., Ltd., he applied for a job as an engineer advertised by Nissan Motor: he finally found employment and settled in 1934.

He kept working for Nissan until he left the company in 1946 with the aim of setting up in business on his own.

(Titles omitted.)
<Written by Kunio Michida>

*By the translator: the official name in English not found

The articles from Japan Industrial Journal("FujiSankei Business i." now) from June 3 to 16, 1980 are revived having been permitted.

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