Taking over his father's business after father's accident

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Unfortunately, in November of 1967, my father was in an automobile accident. One week later he died. That changed my life completely. He was 62.

So I took a leave of absence from FMC corporation, because I had to take care of my father. But I soon realized after 6 months that from 6 months I’m not going to be able to return. The FMC gave me a year of leave of absence, when I knew I’m not going to be able to return to FMC. Running my father’s business became my full-time job. So at that time I was 32 years old.

Date: March 22, 2018
Location: California, US
Interviewer: John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

agriculture business father

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