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Punctuality is great, but it must not smother one’s life

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There is an anecdote about Soichiro Honda (1906-1991), the founder of Honda Motor Co.

As a boy, he was tasked one day to toll the village temple’s bell at noon. But he rang it half an hour early on purpose. Why? Because he was hungry and did not want to wait until noon for lunch.

That was during the Taisho Era (1912-1926), when clocks and radios had yet to become household fixtures, and people depended solely on the tolling of the temple bell to know the time of day.

I am quite impressed with the smarts with which the boy “set” the village’s “standard time” according to what his stomach was telling him.

In Japan, Toki no Kinenbi (Time Day) is marked on........

© The Asahi Shimbun