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Package deliverer's spirit of caring will live on

 僕は英辞郎を使って英語を読みまくり、インターネットラジオのNHKのラジオジャパン英語ニュースで時事英語を聞きまくってます。(^^;また、VOAでヴォイスレコーダーにDLしたMP3音声とテキストも楽しんでます。
参考「こんな感じで英辞郎を使ってます

Package deliverer's spirit of caring will live on

07/18/2005

In his autobiography titled "Watashi no Rirekisho" (My memory in life) published by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Masao Ogura, a former president of Yamato Transport Co., recalls an episode that inspired him to start a door-to-door package delivery service.

"My son had clothes he had outgrown, so I decided one day to give them to my younger brother's little boy.

"But I couldn't find any easy way to send my package, and I was the president of a transportation company."

2005年07月02日(土曜日)付
【天声人語】

 「ある時、息子の洋服のお古を、千葉に住んでいた弟の息子に送ってあげようと思った。ところが、運輸業の社長である自分に送る手段がない」。元ヤマト運輸社長、小倉昌男さんは、「宅急便」を思いついたヒントのひとつを、そう記している(「私の履歴書」日本経済新聞)。

Back then, a small parcel could be sent only by post or the now-defunct Japanese National Railways, and Ogura realized this had to be quite a hassle for busy homemakers.

"The traditional image of the transportation industry was tough and macho, and homemakers practically didn't exist in our customer-base picture," Ogura continues in his memoirs.

"But it dawned on me that those ladies actually represented a tremendous potential market."

 国鉄小荷物や郵便小包ぐらいしかない頃で、家庭の主婦は不便な思いをしているはずだと思った。「それまで運送会社といえば荒くれ男のイメージが強く、主婦は業界から最も縁遠い存在だったが、実は大いなる潜在顧客だと気づいた」

Remaining sensitive to people's day-to-day needs and asserting firm leadership, Ogura blazed a trail in the small-package transportation business.

The imaginative and innovative pioneer was also a man of principle.

He instituted an administrative suit against the defunct transportation ministry for holding out for years on his application for a delivery-route licence.

 生活感に根ざした発想と強い指導力で、小口輸送の新時代を築いた。このアイデア豊かな開拓者は、骨っぽさでも知られる。路線免許の申請を何年も許可しなかった旧運輸省を相手に行政訴訟を起こした。

His company had been founded by his father, from whom he also inherited the indomitable old Edo merchant's spirit. "If you are afraid of samurai, you cannot make a living in Edo," his father would say.

Ogura recalled that it was this ingrained spirit of defiance against the high and mighty in society that sustained him through his litigation against the bureaucracy.

 創業者の父から江戸っ子の町人気質を受け継いだ。「二本差しが怖くておでんが食えるか」。そんな侍を恐れない意気が、官僚との闘いの支えになったという。

On New Year's Day, 1998, The Asahi Shimbun ran a feature titled 21-Seiki o Yomu (Composing tanka short poems about the 21st century).

This was essentially a collection of tanka poems submitted by people representing a cross-section of society.

Ogura's piece went: "The year's first dawn/ I pull a wheelchair toward myself/ To kiss it." An attached note from Ogura said, "Japan is not a disabled-friendly society. I would like to see `normalization' realized during the 21st century."

He personally founded a welfare foundation and devoted himself to helping disabled people become self-supportive.

 21世紀が近づいた98年の元日、本紙は、各界の人たちの俳句による特集「21世紀を詠む」を載せた。〈初日の出車椅子寄せ接吻す〉。この小倉さんの句に添え書きがある。「日本は障害者が住み難い国です。21世紀は、ノーマライゼーションを実現したいものです」。私財を提供して福祉財団をつくり、障害者の自立実現のために尽力した。

When he stepped down as Yamato chairman, Ogura wrote this tanka: "A little cuckoo has taken off/ Silence/ The journey has ended."

His life's journey ended June 30 at age 80.

I would have liked for him to go on longer, but I believe his legacy of intestinal fortitude and spirit of caring for the disabled will live on.

 〈ほととぎす去りにし静寂(しじま)旅果つる〉。会長職を退いた時の作だ。惜しくも人生の旅は80年で終わったが、その気概や福祉へのまなざしは長く継がれてゆくだろう。

--The Asahi Shimbun, July 2(IHT/Asahi: July 18,2005)

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