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Nidec Corp. founder Shigenobu Nagamori is back at the helm as chief executive officer of the motor maker again at the sprightly age of 77.

A workaholic, notoriously dismissive of what he sees as slacking-off younger generations, Nagamori can’t seem to stay away from the company he founded with three friends in a shed, overseeing its rise from a maker of tape recorder parts to the leading producer of motors for hard disks. It is now expanding supplying parts for electric cars.

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