In this Wednesday, July 24, 2013 photo, Terra Motors employee Kazuaki Konno, right, speaks as his colleague Shimpei Kato works during an interview at its headquarters in Tokyo. In a shabby back-alley ... more 
In this Wednesday, July 24, 2013 photo, Terra Motors employee Kazuaki Konno, right, speaks as his colleague Shimpei Kato works during an interview at its headquarters in Tokyo. In a shabby back-alley office in Shibuya, known for youth culture and tech ventures, refugees from corporate Japan are hard at work for the company they fervently believe will be the country’s next big manufacturing success. Despite having some of the developed world’s least hospitable conditions for starting a new business, Japan’s near-monolithic “salaryman” culture of guaranteed lifetime employment at a household name corporation is facing erosion. Ventures are sprouting again after a decade marred by some high-profile failures and a striking aspect is their focus on manufacturing. Konno, an engineer, worked previously at Nissan Motor Co. and Boston Consulting before joining Terra. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Shizuo Kambayashi
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