Part 4
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The third stage of my life
            as  business consultant
                   
       (Story 2)
           he new company office in the mid city


l knew that for a maverick consultant, it would be the cheapest way to have the head office in home. SOHO, small office home office, was an idea. My cohabitant, Junko by the name, encouraged me to do so. However, I had a strong desire to have my own office in the central part of the city and that my birth town, Oote-machi. Was it a homing instinct or not. It was a sort of self satisfaction that I simply wanted to say I have my office in the mid town.
     I looked for, through the real asset firm, a rental room near my ex-home district, but finally came to a place in the town named gSenda-machih. By coincidence to my surprise, it was only a block apart from the place where I worked and suffered at the time of the a-bomb. What is more, it came to be known later, that my main bank had its branch office in the corner of the building of Hiroshima Electric Transportation, where I worked and hit by the a-bomb in August 6, 1945! Right in the spot is located the bank where I often visit for cashing later days. Needless to say, wherever I go there, the memories of that awful moment came into my heart.
     It was in May 1993, five month ahead of the agreement of my retirement money contract made that I decided to rent the room. The preparation for the establishment of the company began with this office as the base.
     I had not enough money, to my shame, for preparing the establishment of a company, but the work must be proceeded to be ready at any time when the money comes into my hands.
     My younger brother, Yuuji, was kind enough to lend me some money needed for the preparatory fund. He said to me, gLet me return my thanks to you for your helping me go to collegeh.
     As the eldest son of the family after our fatherfs death, I worked and supported my family including sending money to him for four years until he was graduated from college in Kobe. He got married far ahead of his elder brother.
     He was good at the English language in college and his language skill made him work for Abdabi oil company for seven years. He was already retired in those days, while his brother still trying to work at the age of 74. The two of us brothers live an entirely different way of life after the retireefs age.
     By the way, I had a strong notion that a consultant needs to have his office in the middle of the town where customers are easy to visit me. I invested money to all the necessary equipments such as phone-fax, copier-printer, air conditioner, TV, Audio and others.
     In those days, computer was used only by limited companies and people. The word processor was the main machine as the updated device for desk work in those days. What about the computer in my office? It is going to be the topic later.
     While leaving the retirement money contract talk to the attorneysf hand, I had in my mind to make a certain gvirgin workh as a consultant to start with.