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まきビズ / MakiBiz

Mon, 2014-09-15 09:48

Issue Date: 15 September 2014
Reporting Period: 08 September 2014 – 14 September 2014

Business of the Week
Name: Denden Mushi (new client)

There is an organic farm in Kyu-Kanan-Cho in Ishinomaki that has been in operation since the Showa period. Jun Kimura, the owner, left his "salaryman" job to take after this family farm six years ago because he wanted to maintain the traditional organic farming, and to pass the baton onto the next generation by improving the business environment of this primary industry. He has been actively bringing on trainees and hosting opportunities for young people to experience farming.

Jun Kimura (right)

With his strong passion and vision for agriculture, Jun had a dream to renovate his 20-year old home to a dormitory for trainees and a learning facility for future farmers. However, this plan was put on hold when half of his home was destroyed in the tsunami.

Three-and-a-half years have passed since the diaster, and things have finally begun to settle down around Jun. His passion to create a facility that educates the next generation got rekindled, and he knocked on the door of MakiBiz for help.

Senior Design Fellow, Aki, recently surveyed the building, assessed the damage. MakiBiz will continue to support Jun in finding contractors and working on logistics of renovating the house. We will work together to make his dream for the training center come true in near future.

Aki (left) assessing the damage

  1. Project Updates
    • Client In-take
      • GREEN: on-going
      • Total number of business owners that we contacted to date: 186 (+1 since last report)
      • Total number of jobs created or recovered: 514*

        *The number was adjusted according to survey completed in June. We achieved our goal of 200 jobs created or recovered. The construction projects that we awarded the grants through MakiBiz Build Back Better Tohoku Request for Proposal program boosted the number of the local employment of construction-related fields.

    • MakiBiz Build Back Better Tohoku Request for Proposal program
      Finished marking the site. Working with the construction company to adjust schedule.
      Tamiko Abe
      Construction on the foundation has been completed. Construction on the building will begin mid-month.
    • Business Support Projects
      • Kesennuma Shipyard Group
        The core group held a meeting on the 7th. The business plan was updated to volume 7. Will be receiving a rough estimate from Penta-Ocean Construction Company soon. Planning to submit business plan to local financial institutions on the 12th to apply for financial support.
        The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2017.

      • Sato Shipyard Group
        Submitted for readjustment of subsidy from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Awaiting results. Will be discussing details on relocation compensation with the prefecture. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015.

      • Suzuki Shipyard Group
        Held a meeting to discuss rough budget and plan to reach funds. The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2016.

      • Shojinbori Shipyard Group
        Continuing to discuss about potential relocation sites to make a determination. The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2016.

      • Ogatsu Shipyard Group
        Received notice from Nippon Foundation on the 10th, regarding acceptance of grant. Will be preparing to establish a Godo Kaisha next week. Awaiting response from 77 Bank. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015.

      • Kikuzakari Sake Brewery
        Moving forward with their plan to relocate their factory. Working on their business plan. Began seeking funds with Music Securities and has reached 16.7% of their goal of raising 13,000,000 yen, with 87 people contributing.

      • Yamagataya
        Planning on advising them to obtain rough overall budget, since they are having difficulty obtaining construction estimates.

      • Hamagurihama Project
        Scheduling a meeting with Tohoku Kyoeki Kikin.

      • Baikado
        Working on market research at their Honmachi store in Shiogama.

    • Other Projects
        MakiBiz is reviewing results obtained in the client survey conducted in June. In response to feedback received regarding the lack of clarity of the services we provide, we are preparing to create new leaflets and brochures. We are planning on distributing these to existing clients.

  2. Red Flagged Issues:
    • Scheduled Completion (10/30/2012). NEW Anticipated Completion (9/30/2014)
    • Business Coordinator [Japanese]
    • Fundraiser [Japanese]
    • MakiBiz has put up these job postings on 5 different sites, including here on DRIVE.
    • We have received many applications to the fundraiser position, but we will continue searching until we find the right candidate.

End of Weekly Report