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<Wednesday, June 11, 1980 The Japan Industrial Journal>


Inoue Instrument Factory, which is the predecessor of NEWLONG SEIMITSU, started as a small group of three - Inoue, his father Hideo, and Inoue's friend from his days in Nissan.

Their main work was making parts of industrial sewing machines modeled after those imported. Although it was no easy to make fine parts, importation was not yet permitted at that time, so there was a demand if only they could make them.

A factory converted from a warehouse in Kamata, Tokyo. Inoue and Hideo put up a shed of about three mats in size in a corner of the site and kept working staying there. Since their business was started with scraped up capital of only 200,000 yen, they had no time to leave the factory. All-night work also repeated. It was a life that the lunches his wife Toshiko carried from home about 30 minutes away was the best comfort.

They inevitably realized how difficult it was to start a business quitting the life of a salaried worker.

About half a year after starting the business was in a sense a research period, where they worked with common machines or borrowed equipment. Arrangements took time and production efficiency did not go up at all.

After a while they ran short of funds as a matter of course. The funds raised by selling the household goods could not be enough to spare.
They ran around to borrow some money from their relatives and acquaintances. It was their first time in their life that they were short of money.

It took time technologically, too. Despite repeated trial manufacture, the sizes, functions etc. did not go as well as they planned. It can be said that even for Hideo, who had decorated the entrance door knobs of the head store of Mitsukoshi before, the technology of the world of precision machinery industry was a far-off existence.

"It was a blind start. So we had literally trouble after trouble for about three years before the business was incorporated."

says Inoue recalling the old days.

Wednesday, June 11, 1980 The Japan Industrial Journal

The joy of making things - he also says it was the only support for him. So to speak, the soul and spirit of the technologist were the prime movers that pulled through the hard time.

"The most important key to succeed in business leaving the rat race is, to fall deeply in love with the business and exert yourself to the utmost with a conviction."

This is a word by Satoshi Sakurada, the president of MOS Burger, who succeeded in making a fast-food chain changing jobs from the overseas field of one of the top-ranking stock companies. It is interesting that his comment and Inoue's have something in common although the jobs they undertook are different.

By the way, during the continuous trouble and effort, Inoue maintained thinking about and looking at things with the eyes of a manager.

How to produce goods, how to arrange processes, efficiency of time management, etc.: the first thing Inoue thought was that everything has something to learn. It is a viewpoint he did not have when he was a salaried worker, or it may be more proper to say he did not need such a viewpoint. His big dream of starting a business naturally gave him a sense of manager. As they make steady efforts day by day, they came to see a glimmer of hope. In the fall, September 1950, just two years after the start, he got a chance to move out of the one-time warehouse in Kamata and built a new factory near the present factory of the head office.

A neighbor told him that a site of a demolished building was being put up for sale by chance. The lot was 462 square meters, which is just right, and was easy to get to - was his recommendation.

During the two years, they had improved their technical skill. Besides they had reached a turning point with the staff increased to 16, Inoue decided to move the factory. Financial support given by Cho, who was the president of Cho Sewing Machine & Co. * and his supporter, was also encouraging for Inoue.

"Hold on as a subcontractor a little more. I'll provide funds, too!"

Partly because of Cho's intention, a new castle with a floor area of 165 square meters was completed.

(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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