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<Tuesday, June 10, 1980 The Japan Industrial Journal>


It was in October of 1948 that Inoue started Inoue Instrument Factory* in Kamata, Tokyo.
In modern words, it was the first step in "leaving the rat race". Now, let's have some "studies" of Inoue's leaving the rat race.
As I mentioned earlier, his wish to leave the rat race is innate. To have a factory of his own someday was one of the ordained courses prearranged in his childhood.
The point is when and how to realize the schedule.
The fact of having worked for a company called Nissan Motor for about 12 years provided the groundwork. A ten years is always sets up a standard to judge life.
An external factor of defeat just overlapped with the turning point. The aircraft engine plant in Yoshiwara, where Inoue used to be had changed to an automobile parts plant after the war. Since the production of new cars had not started yet, his job was to gather old cars and maintain them.
Although Inoue worked taking the lead there, he was interested in the machinery and equipment used there rather the production of parts. It was a natural inclination for a mechanician.
The interest has developed into a feeling that he wanted to make them someday by himself, and then into a desire to have a factory of his own even if it is a backstreet workshop.
When his thought has changed this much, leaving the rat race takes shape as if it were a fixed fact in his mind. And being prompted by half a chance, his idea is put into action as a matter of course.
A chance came through one of the acquaintances from the days in Nissan. One day in 1946, the acquaintance who was a factory manager of Naigai Steelworks* in Chiba talked to him:
Tuesday, June 10, 1980 Nihon Kogyo Shimbun
"Although I have tried a lot of things after the war, nothing goes the way I want. Would you like to do something making the most of your skill for us?"
He says a company house also will be provided. It is an interesting invitation for Inoue since he has desired to go to Tokyo to start a business. Variety of thoughts come to mind.
"Well, it can be a chance. Let's take the plunge."
Inoue made up his mind.
He was not necessarily fear of taking the plunge into the new environment leaving the place where he had lived for a long time.

However, with his experience as a union leader of Nissan, he was rather able to change his way of thinking positively to think he wanted to work to his heart's content grasping the workers' feelings: this made Inoue leave for Chiba. In Naigai Steelworks, he pioneered fine new work such as lighters, umbrella ribs, piston pins for automobiles, bolts and screws made from aluminum machines setting Naigai Steelworks on its way.
After two years, another chance came. His father Hideo got a little too old and was staying home not being able to work. Looking for something he could do at home, he started engaging in manual homework to make parts of sewing machines. Although it was a domestic workshop using part of the passage as a workroom, he was asked by the sewing machine factory, which is the orderer: "Are you in dealing in sewing machine parts in earnest?"
Inoue, who had helped his father to draw plans working for Naigai Steelworks, was very much interested in this invitation. Besides, the president Yuzaburo Cho of Cho Sewing Machine & Co. *, the order, exhorts. Cho's word "I'll give you orders without fail."

quickened Inoue's decision.
Cho has been among the executives of NEWLONG SEIMITSU up to now. By the way, NEWLONG took its name from Cho, which means long (in Japanese), with 'new' added to the head. The existence of Cho has greatly influenced Inoue after starting the business.
(Titles omitted.) 
<Written by Kunio Michida>
*By the translator: the official name in English not found
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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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