Mrs. Maizuru Michiko: Manufacturer’s Daughter, Manufacturer’s Widow, Manufacturer’s Mother

Tamara K. Hareven

in The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935761 | DOI:
Mrs. Maizuru Michiko: Manufacturer’s Daughter, Manufacturer’s Widow, Manufacturer’s Mother

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Mrs. Maizuru Michiko is the daughter of Mr. Maizuru Masajiro, the retired president of the Nishijin Maizuru Company. Mrs. Maizuru's husband was adopted as Mr. Maizuru's son and successor because Masajiro had no sons and he was groomed to be president. However, he died in his thirties, and Mrs. Maizuru's son, Mr. Maizuru Kazuo, was designated and trained as successor. The elder Mr. Maizuru continued to supervise the company's management after his grandson became president. The young president introduced various innovations into the company. Mrs. Maizuru's own career was unusual in that she worked in the company office, alongside her father, as the office manager. Her son has built a house next door to hers and lives there with his family. Mrs. Maizuru wrote the biography of her husband after he passed away. This became a spiritual backbone for her.

Keywords: Mrs. Maizuru Michiko; Nishijin Maizuru Company; Mr. Maizuru Masajiro; manufacturer; management

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