Shōgakukan (Shōgakukan Bunko), 2013. 496 pp. ¥720. ISBN 978-4-09-408896-0.
Also published in: Chinese(traditional and simplified characters), French, ,Korean, and Thai
With the help of a specialized attorney the company manages to overcome the crisis. But no sooner has the company weathered one storm than another arises: Teikoku Heavy Industries, Japan’s largest aerospace manufacturer, makes an offer to buy the patent. Company president Tsukuda Kōhei is determined that the firm should manufacture the components itself rather than selling its rights for short-term profits. But the unprecedented size of the offer provokes a conflict of opinion. Once negotiations start, however, Teikoku’s arrogance sparks the employees’ sense of pride. Banding together to work on product development, they eventually contribute to the successful launch of a domestically built rocket.
The fast-paced storyline makes the book hard to put down. The story is intricately plotted, and Ikeido breathes life into all his characters. The scenario of a small company tyrannized by big business is reminiscent of the good-against-evil theme of popular historical novels. This tale of the weak overcoming the strong through superhuman efforts appeals to Japanese readers’ sympathy for the underdog. (CK)
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