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In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, a wooden hand loom with models of a boy and a woman, portraying Sakichi Toyoda and his mother, is displayed inside the renovated house where Sakichi Toyoda, father of Toyota Motor Corp. founder Kiichiro Toyoda and great-grandfather of current President Akio Toyoda, was born in Kosai, central Japan. Sakichi Toyoda invented an automatic loom in a backyard shed, mainly because he wanted to help his mother, who often was weaving in their home. Those around him, including his carpenter father, thought he was crazy and laughed at him. When Kiichiro Toyoda wanted to develop cars in 1933, not just keep making the by-then successful looms, people again laughed. Back then, Japan only had imported cars like GMs and Fords. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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