Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword xi

EPISODE I: GROWING UP IN JAPAN, 1949-1972 1

In the context of broader history 5

A difficult childhood 5

The beginning of the U.S.-Japan relationship 11

The shame of a soldier 15

 Family history 23

 Japan has no natural resource except its people 39

 Reaching adulthood 49

Becoming fiercely independent 51

EPISODE II: LIFE IN AMERICA, 1972-2009 73

Coming to America 77

Becoming a mother: A true sense of responsibility 81

Furthering education 88

Becoming an FAA-licensed private pilot 97

Process of assimilation 100

An MBA thesis that landed me a job, or so I thought 105

 Chrysler 109

Becoming a U.S. citizen 119

A resignation that was rescinded by Lee A. Iacocca 125

 Financial Awakening 151

What happened to my retirement savings? 151

A new set of financial goals 157

A promise to our firstborn son 159

Investing is my new passion 177

A true test of performance 178

Reflections on life 185

Epilogue 207

 Appendix A: What Children Need to Know 211