In this Wednesday, July 24, 2013 photo, Terra Motors employees, Koshi Kuwahara, right, and Shimpei Kato work at its headquarters at Tokyo's Shibuya district. In a shabby back-alley office in Shibuya, ... more 
In this Wednesday, July 24, 2013 photo, Terra Motors employees, Koshi Kuwahara, right, and Shimpei Kato work at its headquarters at Tokyo's Shibuya district. 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. Kuwahara worked for more than two years at electronics giant Panasonic Corp. before hopping to Terra, a little know venture that pays far less but is out to conquer the world with its stylish electric scooters. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Shizuo Kambayashi
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