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Synopsis: “Soichiro Honda (17 November 1906 - 5 August 1991) is a Japanese Industrialist who was born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. Honda spent his childhood to help his father in bicycle reparation business. At the age of 15, without formal education, Honda moved to Tokyo to look for a job. He worked as an intern in a garage in 1922, and after considering his job, he stayed there for six more years before he returned home to start his car reparation business in 1928 at the age of 22. Honda liked automotive race and created speed record in 1936. Then he injured in a severe accident, his bones were broken including both of his wrists and he was successfully persuaded by his wife to stop racing. Then, Honda concentrated in his business, and in 1937, he moved on to piston rings production by establishing Tokai Seiki Heavy Industry (TSHI). In 1948 he sold TSHI to Toyota for 450,000 yen (equal to US$ 1 million, calculated in 2003). In 1948, Honda started motorbike production as the Honda Corporation president. He changed the company into a multinational worth billions, which produced best-selling motorbikes in the world. Honda stayed as the company’s president until he retired in 1973, then he stayed as the director and was appointed as “the highest advisor” in 1983. After he retired, Honda busied himself with a job which was related to Honda Foundation. He died in 1991, because of liver failure.” (http://www.gramediainternational.com/book/detail/9786020003191)
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