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Domestic and foreign businesses disappear with Japan's defeat in World War II

Idemitsu's headquarters standing on the scorched ground of postwar Japan (1946)
Idemitsu's headquarters standing on the scorched ground of postwar Japan (1946)
With Japan's defeat in World War II as of August 15, 1945, Idemitsu, which had developed its business on overseas markets, lost nearly all of its businesses and overseas assets.

In response, Sazo called on employees to stop complaining and to start rebuilding, declaring he would not dismiss a single worker from those repatriated from overseas.

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