I have been writing about Taiji Miwasaki considerably in essays, travel
notes and even novels. But sorry to say, there are few works during his
days with Hayatama Steel (a pseudonym) just after his graduation from university
until a little before the age of 50.
This period was, so to speak, when he had some of both looks and substance
while he got splinters and insect bites. Therefore he must remember those
days comparatively well. Nevertheless he is reluctant to tell such things
They must have been memories more with regrets than with pleasures. Among
them, failures and grudges.
To make it worse, the most people involved could still be in good health,
who he has been keeping company with.
However, he is now in mid-70s. He accepted me to write his such memories
even with some obstacles, considering his age.
So, I used the place names around Kii Peninsula, his home district, for
all the characters and all the Japanese companies in order to avoid any
The story starts from the time Taiji Miwasaki becomes a member of society.
He experiences personnel matters and production process control for 5 years
at the steel casting plant. After that, he is sent to the U.S as a student
for 1 year. Everything goes well with him until then.
However, the next several years at the head office and the sales dept.
are tough to him. He trips, falls and gets injured, while he makes his
effort in this period.
He misses the life near New York City with his family. The results of his
work are rather satisfactory. But this stage suddenly ends in 2 and a half
years. During a business trip to Japan by chance, brain infarction attacks
He cannot return to the U.S. His wife and 2 children are forced to get
back to Japan. The elder daughter stays another year to finish senior high
Miwasaki returns to work at Tokyo Office after medical treatment for 3 months.
For 3 years since then, it cannot be said that he works pleasantly. He
leaves Hayatama Steel at the age of 48 with no particular aim in mind.
The above 26 years are Taiji Miwasaki's "The days with Hayatama Steel."