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Early Days (1915 - 1941)

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This chapter talks about the early days of the author. Born on 31 March 1915 to a tailor named Yamada in a village which was later annexed to Nagoya City in central Japan, the author was brought up without parents, without siblings and without a home. At fifteen, he worked as an apprenticeship with Mr Hanai, a tailor in Toyohashi. Mocked and bullied as a fatherless child or, a stepson, the author was determined to become important. In early 1937, he went home to Sennonji to set up a tailor's shop there. After a brief ten months in the army in 1938, the author re-opened my shop as a general tailor. When he was twenty-six, Germany had invaded the Soviet Union and he was asked to return to barracks as discreetly as possible for reasons of intelligence security. This was last time he saw his mother and stepfather.

Keywords: Japan; Nagoya City; Sennonji; Yokois



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