|PPDFamily and Health Condition
Miwasaki could not wholely leave his family to Tsubaki, his wife, here
like in Japan.
Thanks to this condition, he could make emotional communication even a
little bit between parents and children through physical contact.
He rented a condominium in Greenwich, Connecticut, on the suburbs of New
This 3-story condominium consisting of 3-family division was located in
Indian Harbor area facing the Atlantic Ocean, and his house was on the
Three children had their own rooms since it was 4 LDK with an attic room.
The transportation from the house to HSA was not bad. The commuting time
was 1 hour by train on New Haven Line.
The president's couple were pleased with his idea to rent that condominium.
Therefore, he could do without a special application in spite of a little
Japanese families lived considerably in the town Greenwich in good security.
These circumstances helped his wife and children very much.
A new car privately owned was not accepted. So, he chose a used Cutlass
of GM Oldsmobile at a used-car shop in the town.
He knew this brand "Cutlass", a large coupe, was driven around by Philip Marlowe, a hero in the detective novels like "The Big Sleep" and "The Long Goodbye" created by Raymond Chandler.
The car name was cool all right, but it had already been driven more than
100 thousand km.
He noticed some strange smell somewhere inside and found an old leftover
of sandwich under the seat.
Getting the driver's licence here, Tsubaki, his wife, made full use of
this used car for taking children back and forth to school and shopping.
It was rather strange that she did not cause a serious accident, but the
car got slight damages one after another.
There was Bruce Municipal Golf Course for 10-minute drive from home. His
whole family played golf often on Saturdays and Sundays. In the summer
it was not dark even after 9:00 pm, so they went there sometimes in weekdays
partly for enjoying a cool evening breeze and sometimes played a half round.
In summer the next year after they began to live in Greenwich, they made
a family trip on Cutlass for 10 days from the East to the Middle West and
Miwasaki drove mostly and Tsubaki helped drive on the safe speedways.
From Greenwich, Connecticut, west to Philadelphia, State College, Cincinnati
(2-day stay), and then south to Kentucky State, West Virginia State, Baltimore,
...... They wholely stayed in motels of Best Western.
At Cincinnati, Ohio, his friends of LBF welcomed them, and the family stayed
there for 2 days. It was the days the tie-up business of steel frogs was
going smoothly and Miwasaki and they were enjoying their jokes.
On the first day, Greg Owassay and his wife took them to Ohio River, and
let them enjoy cruising on his sailboat. Miwasaki's son learned how to
operate the boat and loved it forever.
The lunch was freshwater fish dishes at a family restaurant along the river.
The next day, Bob Cattura and his family played with them the whole day.
From morning until evening, Bob's 2 children and Miwasaki's 3 children
enjoyed themselves very much at Kings Island, a large-scale amusement park.
They were now close friends.
Dinner was a barbecue at Bob's house. Miwasaki's children seemed to feel
free in English conversation with Bob's children with gestures. They ate
a lot and were excited chatting about what they were pleased with at Kings
Miwasaki and his family stayed in the Best Western motel at Huntington,
There was a local old golf cource near the motel, and he and Tsubaki played
a half round. Children were caddies running and searching for OB balls.
Elder daughter seemed to count Tsubaki's every shot. After the half round
she held her hand up and said, "How many shots do you think you hit,
According to her, it was over 3 times of her dad. They burst into laughter
and admired the daughter's counting capability.
Well, the following is a side story related to golf.
In the fall the same year, US Open (?) was held at Winged Foot Golf Club,
New York. It was located not far from the house of President Shirahama
in Mamaroneck, and about 1-hour drive from Miwasaki's house. He had played
there once with Shirahama and the customer.
Miwasaki's couple went there to see the game with a complimentary ticket.
Many famous players took part in the tournament, like Jack Nicklaus, Isao
Aiki, Gary Player, ....
His favorite Hubert Green played well in his memory, but he doesn't remember
Miwasaki and Tsubaki walked along the course seeing the play of Aoki under
the scorching sun.
On the way Tsubaki became unusual. She got heatstroke.
Miwasaki hastily told it to a staff. Soon came an ambulance, which took
her to the emergency hospital with him.
A nurse came to him in the waiting room and took him to the sickroom. Tsubaki
seemed to have recovered well with a strange patient's clothes on. She
said, "I am naked inside."
It was a precious experience for both of them anyway.
It was around the time the fall term of his children started, when Miwasaki
began to get out of condition.
The back of his head pains unusually. Dizzy. He goes to the toilet too
frequently. His hands and feet often go numb. Easily Gets irritated. Why?
With unbearable headache, he went to the hospital in Greenwich.
A nurse took him to internal medicine. She seemed to be surprised taking
his blood pressure.
After a while he was taken to a room like ICU (intensive care unit) and
was made to change clothes to patient pajamas.
He could not understand the technical term the doctor explained, but he
interpreted as follows. That is:
"Your blood pressure is very high. It may have some relationship with
the headache. It is necessary to see the inside of the brain for checking
the cause. So, I am going to do MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) from now"
Miwasaki had an injection of contrast medium. After a while, he came to
feel bad, hot and nauseous.
The doctor noticed his abnormal situation and gave up MRI check. The doctor
seemed to judge that he was allergic to contrast medium. He was unlucky
in the end.
Partly because he could not have a smooth talk with the doctor, Miwasaki
decided to change the hospital to a Japanese clinic on the suburbs of New
York City under the advice of President Shirahama.
After his returning home from the office, Tsubaki drove him for 30 minutes
to the clinic nearly 10 times.
The doctor tilted his head every time saying, "It is strange. Your
headache must be cured."
The doctor certificate on the wall given from New York City obviously showed
he was a doctor of internal medicine. However, was it Miwasaki's misunderstanding
that he had no consultation with the doctor nor remembered the nurse took
his blood pressure? It was the fact the doctor did not give him any antihypertensives
(depressors). Compared with the later happening, he is convinced that his
blood pressure had never been normal that time.
Miwasaki was worried a lot and mostly impatient, while the doctor gave
him only bufferin for headache tilting his head again and again. Even if
he drank many more tablets than the description, the symptom did not change
at all and the headache continued.
He is terrified to remember that he drove a rent-a-car to the customers
several times during his business trips taking a lot of bufferins. It was
much more dangerous than against the law.
Miwasaki feels very sorry to Kinomoto in charge of technology.
He helped Miwasaki in public and private affairs, as both of them liked
Kinomoto's favorite was Northern European composers like Sibelius and Grieg,
while Miwasaki loved Beethoven. They sometimes went together to Carnegie
Hall and Avery Fisher Hall of New York Philharmonic.
Nevertheless, Miwasaki's irritation came often to explode at Kinomoto.
Kinomoto took the situation generously, but he must have had the limit
of patience. Their friendship disappeared. Soon Kinomoto was promoted to
General Manager of Technology at Hayatama Steel, and returned to Japan.
It was really an awkward farewell to Miwasaki.
The year of 1985 began. The steel-casting frog business was on a roll,
but Miwasaki was suffering from the illness with unknown cause.
He took his family to the ski resort near Milford, New Hampshire, making
use of his children's winter break, by the courtesy of Kukey, Vice President
of Hitchiner Manufacturing.
They stayed at Appleton Inn, a casual and graceful hotel, for 2 nights.
Tsubaki and children enjoyed ski very much. On the other hand, Miwasaki
shut himself in the room, looking at them skiing through the window, being
worried by headache.
President Shirahama, transferred to the executive director of HIAL, returned
to Japan around that time. He had practically been working for the business
of steel rollings himself instead of Miwasaki.
HIAL is a joint venture between Hayatama Steel and INCO, the Canadian world-wide
company of nickel.
Successive President Yura, Managing Director of Hayatama Steel, did not
appreciate the business of steel casting frogs, and also did not allow
Miwasaki to be slow with the business of steel rollings.
He threatened Miwasaki saying,
"You would have no reason to stay here if you could not work for steel
Yura knew well that Miwasaki would not like to leave HSA.
Besides, Miwasaki considered Yura's thought as right. In fact, he had literally
handed over his previous job of steel-casting frogs to Arii of HTLA.
However, his work of steel rollings was surely so impromptu that he was
slow and made mistakes.
He was about to decide to change jobs to some American company, because
he wanted to live permanently in the United States with his family.
In February, 1985, President Yura received a telefax from Hayatama Steel
Head Office. It was about Miwasaki, and Yura seemed to have agreed to its
content. That is:
"Please accept Miwasaki's temporary return to Japan and his visit
to the Head Office to report his job for 2-year stay at HSA. In addition,
it is necessary for him to have closer relationship with the departments
related to steel rollings. If you agree, please let him prepare for it."
Minabe, General Manager of Tokyo Investgation Dept. and Shirahama, Executive
Director of HIAL, seemed to arrange it well.
It was not the gratitude for his 2-year contribution, but rather, their
intention would have been to let him be more useful to President Yura on
a different line.
It happened to be the time when Hitchiner of the lost-wax process was planning
to help Hayatama make further promotion of sales in Japan and so to dispatch
Vice President Minosay to Japan soon.
Miwasaki considered it a chance and consulted Yura about his attending
Minosay and also fulfilling his directed work. Yura had no reason to be
against his proposal.
Miwasaki planned to stay in Japan for 2 weeks or so and to attend Minosay
for the first half. He had a hope that his condition would be better during
Miwasaki visited Minosay at Hitchiner twice and made arrangement for the
His main role was to interpret Minosay's lecture at Tokyo Branch of Hayatama
Steel. Since the detailed manuscript had already been prepared, he made
himself at ease thinking,
"I can carry it out unless anything major comes up."
It was his second visit to Minosay. While having a rehearsal, he felt at a loss here and there, which was neither he could not understand nor forget such parts, but they were blank instead. Minosay just said, "Relax", and did not seem to be worried.
In early April, Miwasaki left for Japan one day ahead of Mr. & Mrs.
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