The Inspirational Life of Soichiro Honda
Monday, May 23, 2016 12:15:51 PM America/Chicago
Soichiro Honda was a Japanese engineer and industrialist. He is the founder of Honda Motor Company.
Here is his inspirational biography:
Soichiro Honda was born on November 17, 1906, in rural Iwata-gun, Japan. He was the son of blacksmith Gihei Honda and his wife Mika.
He graduated from the Futamata Senior Elementary School, but had little tolerance for formal education, so he dropped out of school to start working in his true love: motors.
Honda began his career as an apprentice auto repairman for Arto Shokai in Tokyo.
He returned to his hometown in 1928 as a master mechanic and soon established a branch shop for the firm in Hamamatsu, Japan.
In the mid-1940s he designed and manufactured a small engine that could be attached to a bicycle and create a motorbike. The venture proved a great success.
Encouraged by his early success, in 1948 he organized the Honda Motor Company.
Within a decade Honda was the leading motorcycle manufacturer in the world and had a larger share of the American motorcycle market than Toyota and Nissan had in automobiles.
He was the opposite of what westerners imagined Japanese businessmen to be. He promoted executives on the basis of performance rather than age.
Soichiro Honda continued racing autos and motorcycles and dressed casually, not like Japanese businessmen are used to run their businesses.
MITI and the Department of Transportation tried to discourage Honda from adding another company, but he persisted. He won MITI's permission by coming out with a low-priced small sportscar, the S 500.
The popularity of the Civic rose throughout the 1970s, and in 1980 Honda sold 375,000 cars in the American market—almost three times as many as Subaru and twice as many as Mazda, but still behind Toyota and Nissan.
The reason for this success was combining high quality with efficiency and economy.
In 1988 he became the first Japanese carmaker to be inducted into the Automobile Hall of Fame.
Honda died of liver failure August 5, 1991, in a Tokyo hospital.
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- Source notablebiographies.com