Mazda and the Hiroshima A-Bomb


Did you know that Mazda as we know it was nearly destroyed in World War II?

Mazda Motor Corporation was created by, founder Jujiro Matsuda, in Hiroshima, Japan. The company didn’t make vehicles at the time, but they did have a cork factory at the time that would serve as the eventual grounds and headquarters of Mazda.

On August 6th, Matsuhada-sama was heading into the city center for a hair cut. He was known for being a very competitive man and preferred to be the first customer at his usual barber. On this day he nearly missed his appointment, but still made it at 7:30 AM and was in and out within 30 minutes. He was on his way out, in the outskirts of the city, when at 8:16 AM the Atomic bomb dropped.

His vehicle was thrown and Matsuhada-sama himself flung from it, luckily he was far enough from the bomb’s epicenter that he was able to survive. Had he been late to his appointment he would have still been in the city center and would have surely died.

And his factory? Well said factory was on the outskirts of town on the other side of a mountain. The A-bomb fell on the other side of this mountain, which sheilded the Mazda factory from severe damage.

It’s incredible to think that Mazda as we know it today was so close to not being anymore more than a footnote in history.