Moto: Coming to America from Japan

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Moto: Coming to America from Japan
Moto arrived in Chicago in the middle of winter, unprepared for the raw wind that swept off the lake. The first day he bought a new coat and fur-lined boots. He was cheered by a helpful salesgirl who smiled as she packed his lined raincoat into a box. Americans were nice,
Moto decided. He was not worried about his assignment in America. The land had been purchased, and
Moto’s responsibility was to hire a contracting company and check on the pricing details. The job seemed straightforward. Moto’s firm, KKD, an auto parts supplier, had spent a year and a half researching U.S. building contractors.
Allmack had the best record in terms of timely delivery and liaisons with good architects and the best suppliers of raw materials. That night Moto called Mr. Crowell of
Allmack, who confirmed the appointment for the next morning. His tone was amiable.
Moto arrived at the Allmack office at nine sharp. He had brought a set of kokeshi dolls for Crowell. The dolls, which his wife had spent a good part of a day picking out, were made from a special maple in the mountains near his family home in Niigata. He would explain that to Crowell later, when they knew each other. Crowell also came from a hilly, snowy place, which was called
Vermont.
When the secretary ushered him in, Crowell stood immediately and rounded the desk with an outstretched hand. Squeezing Moto’s hand, he roared, “How are you?
Long trip from Tokyo. Please sit down, please.”
Moto smiled. He reached in his jacket for his card.
By the time he presented it, Crowell was back on the other side of the desk. “My card,” Moto said seriously.
“Yes, yes,” Crowell answered. He put Moto’s card in his pocket without a glance.
Moto stared at the floor.This couldn’t be happening, he thought. Everything was on that card: KKD, Moto,
Michio, Project Director. KKD…...

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