Chinese New Year 1942 marked the Year of the Horse, but for the people of Singapore then, there was little hope for the new year but fear and trepidation.
“My simple philosophy is to make all the staff happy. It has been my golden rule since I founded Kyocera when I was 27. Not to make shareholders happy but simply to create the company that every employee is proud to work for. Many people were skeptical if such a simple philosophy would work but in the end, it did.”
Japan’s rail network transports the equivalent of the world’s population every year. Clean, efficient, and extremely reliable, it is the envy of the world. But what makes the Japanese model so efficient?
With fewer and fewer WW2 veterans still alive, the link to the greatest generation is gradually slipping away with each passing year. The surviving few carry with them incredible tales of hardship, suffering and survival. One of them is a 98 year old British Army veteran, Fergus Anckon.