Past Gas #226: Mazda Pt 1: Mazda Used to be a Cork Factory

Past Gas by Donut Media

26-02-2024 • 51 mins

It’s the morning of August 6th, 1945. Jujiro Matsuda is heading back home after visiting his company headquarters in nearby Hiroshima, where his small trucks called Mazdas have become fixtures of the city. And suddenly, behind him, there’s a bright flash. The city that had grown on the backs of the Mazda trucks for more than a decade had vanished in an instant, and it would be Jujiro and the Mazdas that would lead its rebuilding. But how did the son of a poor fisherman become a Hiroshima success story? How did he set a cork manufacturing company on the path to the Mazda we know today? And how did he and this young company rise to reunite and rebuild a city destroyed by an atomic bomb? Today on Past Gas, part one of our four-part series on Mazda. Thanks to our sponsors: Shop now at and use code GAS for 10% off your entire order.  Explore the Subaru Crosstrek. Love is out there. Find it in a Crosstrek. Learn more at Go to https://SHOPIFY.COM/gas now to grow your business–no matter what stage you’re in. More about Show: Follow Nolan on IG and Twitter @nolanjsykes.   Follow Joe on IG and Twitter @joegweber. Follow Donut @donutmedia, and subscribe to our Youtube and Facebook channels!   Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast for free wherever you're listening or using this link: If you like the show, telling a friend about it would be helpful! You can text, email, Tweet, or send this link to a friend: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit