"The poor people of Hokkaido’s fishing villages in post-war Japan struggled to free themselves from the clutches of the usurious money lenders.”
This is the only good book on the subject. Well, actually … it’s the ONLY BOOK on the subject. But it’s pretty good.
My long-time friend Naoyuki Tao wrote the entire text in Japanese, after which he translated it into English. Then, he asked me to edit the text, which I did.
Each time I hear that, I have to clarify that my editing is not the main reason for the quality. Without Tao-san’s engaging story-telling, his superb writing, and his great colloquial prose, I would never have been able to polish it into the fine readable book it turned out to be. (Image source)
Let’s all cooperate … and prosper
By adopting the principles of the cooperative movement and working together for the benefit of all, they were able to develop thriving businesses and vibrant communities, all within a decade or so. And they continue to prosper – thanks to their cooperative spirit and their unwavering focus on mutual development. Tao-san, your spirit and ideals live on, in many fishing villages in Hokkaido, throughout Japan, and in various regions around the world. (Image source) Introduction to – “Notes from Under the Tatami Mats” (right-click on title)
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Links to my Other Series …Introduction – "Intro to Vocab-ability" (right-click on title)
Guide – "Guide to Entries" (right-click on title)
Index– "Index" to all Chapters and Sections (right-click on title)
Lou Reed – "Anthology of Memorable Lyrics, Part 1" (right-click on title)
Lou Reed – "Anthology of Memorable Lyrics, Part 2" (right-click on title)
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