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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Wtdneidoy, Novfmber 17, 1971 THf lETHBHIDGf HERAIO 29 Japanese worker responsible for country's economic growth Blackfoot Indian school bell rings Out of the niins of the Second World Wnr, Japan has emerged as one of the world's greatest tconomic powers. This is the first of a three-part series profiling the man who made the re- surgence Jap- anese worker. By HISASHI UNO CHIGASAKI, Japan (AP) Rain or shine, nearly every day of the year, Noriaki Iwasaki bounces out of bed at six in the morning and throws open the curtains to let in the light from the Pacific Ocean. Then he takes a quick look at the newspaper headlines and wakes up his wife and 10-year- old son. While his wife fixes breakfast, Iwasaki feeds two lit- tle birds in a cage by the win- dows. Promptly at a.m., Iwa- saki, wearing an all-weather jacket and crash helmet, mounts his motorbike and sets out for work. For 17 years he has been em- ployed as an assembly line worker in a plant of one of Ja- pan's leading auto makers, and he tries to cany out his morn- ing routine with stopwatch accu- racy. "When I fail to make the 36-year-old Iwasaki says, "I feel pretty uneasy all day long." PRECISION IS KEY His feelings for precise per- say it amounts to shared by millions of Japanese workers, and have played a key role in boosting this country from the rooms plus a kitchen and about the equivalent of two years ago. "Tliis is the test obtainable for the average Japanese plant said his 35-year-old wife, Reiko. A high school graduate, Iwa- saki started as an apprentice at a month. He now takes home a monthly salary of about for a seven-hour day, six- day week work schedule. This is augmented, however, by two bo- nuses amounting to the equiva- lent of which are handed out each year. These bonuses increase his monthly average income to more than HALF GOES FOR FOOD About half of his salary goes for food because "I'm always concerned about our Reiko said. Iwasaki is in charge of door equipment fittings. He fixes rub- ber linings with chemical paste, drives in bolts with a rivet gun and equips the doors with win- dows. All plant workers have a one- hour lunch break, plus a 15-min- ute tea break in mid-morning, and a shorter tea break in the afternoon. Again in the tradi- tional of Japanese companies, all plant workers eat at the company cafeteria where a four-dish meal is served for about 35 cents. Iwasaki likes to help young workers deal with their personal problems. An active labor union mem- ber, he was one of the plant's 40 representatives i n collective ith man- Iwasaki has few worries about medical costs. He contributes only a liny fraction of his monthly salary to a company- sponsored health plan. Under the program, another example of the "we'll take care of our employees" attitude of Japa- nese firms, Iwasaki has 100- per-cent coverage on all medi- cal expenses. His dependents re- ceive coverage. While his future appears firmly established, Iwasaki is taking a cautions approach to it. Most of bis yearly tonus money and anything left over from his salary go into savings. "We'll have to keep it up for rainy he explained. "Our son grows fast and we cannot always enjoy fine weather." GUCICIIEN', Alia. (CP> A new school offering adult educa- tion lo Blackfoot Indians has I been opened on this reserve, M miles cast of Calgary. Old Sun school, a campus of Mount Royal College in Cal- gary, is offering training in practical skills and an academic program oriented to the Black- foot culture. School director Ken Bradford says he hopes the school will attract and produce Indian in- structors. These teachers would help students develop knowl- edge of their heritage while giv- ing them skills to obtain a mod- ern career. Three white teachers, well- versed in Indian culture, now give courses in language, math- ematics and business in an old brick building which was once a missionary school. Mr. Bradford says another in- structor will give training needed for maintenance of re- serve farms. Course projects will be organized to maintain and repair farm equipment. v.hich students, who must be 18 years or older, get credits for ih2 pest-secondary programs at Mount Royal. Mr. Bradford says the pro- gram at Old Sun is flexible. "There's no way I can tell you what it's going to be like in Hvo years." In the future, non-Indian stu- dents may be able to attend the school to take courses on Black- foot culture. The school is financed by the federal government and is oper- Old Sun also plans courses in ated by Mount Royal College and the Blackfoot people. Mount Royal plans to open two other Indian adult education campuses in Calgary. Old Sun is developing a li- brary which will be open to all members of the members ol the reserve. A cafeteria al- ready is in operation and pro- vides food at cost price for 300 persons at one sitting, Mr. Bradford says night courses will be available and he has plans to keep the school open 24 hours a day. ruin Second Worrld War i bargaining sessions wit to the world's third economic agement for two years, power. Iwasaki and his family live in a small, attractive house on a hillside of Chigasaki, a Pacific coast town about 31 miles south- west of Tokyo. It is only three miles away from the Fujisawa factory of Isuzu Motors Ltd.. where he has been working since 1954. The two-storev wooden house COMPLAINTS FEW Iwasaki has no major com- plaints about management, and hopes to continue to work with Isuzu Motors until he reaches the retirement age of 55. In 1966, he obtained an automobile maintenance engineer's licence from the transport ministry, and hopes to use this after re- tirement. Ready for market seen fatty cattle EDMONTON (CP) Fatty I and liberal amounts of intra- beef rejected by Canadian muscular fat. It is considered a housewives may find a ready market in Japan and concen- trated research now is being made into this prospective mar- ket. The University of Alberta and the Alberta Cattle Commission are co-operating in research to produce Kobe beef. Kolie beef is produced in Japan by hand feeding two- or three-year-old heifers and cows for 18 to 20 months on rice and barley. The average weight gain is 1.5 pounds a day for each animal and the meat is tender delicacy in Japan and sells for up to a pound. The research project at the university's beef cattle research station at Ellerslie, eight miles south of here, is to develop a market for heifers and young cows which are discounted at sales in Canada and to provide the industry with information on production and marketing costs involved in such an operation. Feeding studies started early last June on 100 heifers and young cows with killing uled for this fall when shipping Pattern with a high "degree of marbling space to Japan becomes avail- able. A large packing firm has agreed to kill the animals, ship the carcasses to Japan and col- lect marketing and price infor- mation. The Japanese meat trade will distribute the beef. Several visiting Japanese food processors have inspected the cattle and expressed interest in the project. One discussed the possibility of starting his own operation in Alberta. Research now involved feed- ing two separate types of ra- tions with detailed information being recorded on the results. A close evaluation also will be made on the carcasses at slaughter. Dr. A. D. Howes, the univer- sity's cattle nutritionist in charge of the project, said it is too early to predict what the market could mean to Alberta's cattle industry. However, he said the project could be the forerunner of con- tracts between packing compa- nies and feeders for different types of beef produced specifi- cally for specialty markets. Delight eyes with exciting, new Christmas trims! Easy! New, different, dramatic! Make Eye of decoration for window, wall, door with yarn, wood dowels. Crochet snow- Jlakes; starch. Pattern 70-13: directions (i trims. SEVENTY K1VE CENTS (coins) for cadi pattern (no stamps, please) -add 15 wills for each patlcrn for fir.sl-elass mailing and special handling to THE i.F.TimnmcE HERALD Readers Mail Limited Ilii I'Yont Si reel West Toronto 1, Clnano New scholarship for journalists EDMONTON CIP1 The University of Alberta has es- tablished a special scholarship for journalists working in the province. It was announced yesterday the university's board of gov- ernors had approved the Dr. F. P. Galbralth memorial award in journalism which will allow a working newspaper- man, broadcaster or wire ser- vice writer who has worked for at least three years in Al- I bcrta to study in any faculty for the eight month winter i session each year. Named after Uie late nnivcr- si.'y and publisher of the Red Deer Advocate, the award is valued at plus tuition for an unmarried person and plus tuition for a married person. Was 19.99 in our Christmas 1970 Catalogue 9 .99 SIMPSONS-SEARS HUGE SPECIAL PURCHASE MANUFACTURER'S CLEARANCE Mattel's Hot Wheels Sizzlers Race Sets A clearance so huge that we're able to give exceptional low prices. You'd better buy now while supplies last! Exciting side-by-side competition as the fastest electric cars in the world challenge a figure of 8 course. Here's the set-up: 2 SIZZLERS Cars; 1 JUICE MACHINE; 1 Dual Speed Brake; 1 Dual Esses; 2 Big Dual-Lane curves; 2 Dual-Lane trestles; 1 Dual-Lane Lap Counter; 28' Track; 8 Joiners. Plus layout instructions and international collectors catalogue. NEWPORT RACER SET Was 13.99 in our Christmas 1970 Catalogue. 6 .99 Racing action and thrills galore! Set-up; t SIZZLERS Car; 1 JUICE SPEED BRAKE and ESSES: 1 Speedometer; 2 Full Curves; 14'Track; 7 Joiners. LACUNA OVAL SET Was 9.99 in our Chrislmas 1970 Catalogue. 4 .99 All you need to start the action. The sot-up: 1 SIZZLERS Car; 1 JUICE MACHINE; 2 Full Curves; I 6' Track: 2Trestles; 8 Joiners. fiiUMilfj SI NATIONAL CHAMP RACE SET Tre ioi-up: 3 SI2ZLERS Cars; 1 POWER PIT; 1 Dirai Speed BRAKL am) ESSES; 1 Dual-Lane Speedometer; 1 Dual-Lana Lap Counter; 2 200' Curves: 2 Full Curves; 2 Trestles; 39' Track; 18 Joiners: 4 Half Curves. STORE HOURS: Open Doily 9 a.m. to p.m. 1 a.m. 10 p.m. Thuisday and Hiday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Centre Villagn. ;