- 経営と情報 : 静岡県立大学・経営情報学部/学報 (ISSN:09188215)
- vol.7, no.1, pp.53-69, 1995-01-31
Professor Mitsuru Yamazaki distinguished himself as an economist specializing in local industries in Japan. As a "star" professor at the University of Shizuoka, he was also quite popular both in the mass media and among students. In 1993, however, he suddenly died at the age of 59. Why was he so popular? What was he most interested in ? What did he want to accomplish in his life? What kind of career did he pursue and how did he develop his identity? In this essay, I explored the answers to these questions in my own way. I had worked with Professor Yamazaki in urban planning committees for three years. We also co-authored a book, "Three Major Cities in the Shizuoka Prefecture," which makes a comparison of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, and Numazu, three of the major cities in the Shizuoka Prefecture. In this sense, I may have had opportunities to observe Professor Yamazaki a little more closely than other colleagues of mine. Moreover, I have been contributing a series of cartoons, "Professor Challenge," to the official bulletin of our School and Professor Yamazaki also appeared in the cartoons eight times. In the essay, I presented the cartoons chronologically to use them as subtitles. I also added facts and episodes related to the cartoons, whereby I tried to conjure up the whole image of Professor Yamazaki as an individual.