Teigo Iba visited his uncle Saihei Hirose in Osaka, who by now was director-general of the House of Sumitomo in Osaka, to inform him of his decision to return to his hometown. Hirose expressed himself forthrightly to Iba: “It is such a waste to just return to your hometown when you are only around 30 years old. There is so much to be done in the world of business and one can serve the nation through commercial enterprise.” My favorite words of Saihei Hirose are from a speech he made at the Besshi Copper Mines in 1887 (20th year of the Meiji era). Addressing the people working at the mines, he said: “Why did you come to the Besshi Copper Mines? It was not just by chance. Each of you had an objective. Your objective was to benefit the nation by working diligently while achieving prosperity for yourself by saving.” Saihei Hirose emphasized the need for a sense of purpose. Everyone needs sometimes to reflect on why they work. Clearly, he believed that the purpose of work is not just to earn a living. He exhorted Teigo Iba, “ Why don’t you work for the Besshi Copper Mines? You will be sure to make yourself useful for the nation,” and Iba agreed.