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Mon, 2014-07-28 10:41

Issue Date: 21 July 2014
Reporting Period: 014 July 2014 – 20 July 2014

Business of the Week
Business Name: Yamayo Suisan (existing business)

Yamayo Suisan is one of companies that we supported through the MakiBiz RFP program.

Kesennnuma saw an estimated 200 million yen worth of damage to oyster farms and machinery due to the tsunami. After 3 years, harvest has came back to nearly 80 percent of that prior to the disaster. This is due to the effort and determination of companies like Yamayo despite lacking the proper facilities and resources. However, it is said that it will take eight years to fully recover.

Yamayo was able to finally build their raft-type oyster farm with the support from many earlier this year. However, this is just the beginning. Their next step is to rebuild their long line oyster farm. Mr. Komatsu, the owner of Yamayo, and other oyster farmers are making each rope that hangs the oysters themselves. There are many ways oyster farming can be done. Mr. Komatsu values "an open face-to-face relationship". He puts care into not only each step in the harvesting process, but in each piece of equipment as well.

In making the long-rope floats, he first ties tatami material to the floats to prevent damage from friction. Tatami maker "Tadami Kogyosho" donated this material to Mr. Komatsu. These two companies met through MakiBiz's information exchange event. Through the event, they discovered a common strong ambition to create good products, and decided to support one another. This is a great example of MakiBiz's "urban acupuncture" efforts, coming to fruition. MakiBiz will continue to connect individuals with strong ambitions with one another, so that they can collaborate to to create a more sustainable future for their greater communities.



  1. Project Updates
    • Client In-take
      • GREEN: on-going
      • Total number of business owners that we contacted to date: 179 (+/- 0 since last report)
      • Total number of jobs created or recovered: 119 (+/- 0 since last report)


    • MakiBiz Build Back Better Tohoku Request for Proposal program
      Yamayo Suisan: COMPLETED
      Sasaki Tekko: COMPLETED
      Yamadai Utsumi Suisan: COMPLETED
      Wakaba Kindergarten: COMPLETED
      Tesuki-washi Ushiogami: COMPLETED
      Baikado: COMPELTED
      Construction is nearly completed with exterior touches and electric wiring completed.
      Oikawa Denki: IN CONSTRUCTION
      Interior construction is nearly complete. Installation of exterior panels was slightly delayed due to a typhoon. Construction is scheduled for completion at the end of August.
      Konpiramaru
      Currently speaking to the owner and contractor about the changes that will need to be made after receiving notification from the Health Department of their need to modify the building's use.
      Tamiko Abe
      Contractor has been decided upon. They are currently adjusting drawings and budget after receiving notification from the Health Department of their need to modify the building's use.
    • Business Support Projects
      • Kesennuma Shipyard Group
        A meeting on the results of their merger comparison calculation was held. The group will start drafting a business plan next week. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2017.

      • Sato Shipyard Group
        The group will be applying for a permit from the prefecture to gain ownership a portion of the sea, but the location of the prefectural coastal maintenance road in Ishinomaki is still in discussion, which will affect their site selection. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2017.

      • Suzuki Shipyard Group
        Drafting a business plan and waiting for budget estimates. The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2016.

      • Shojinbori Shipyard Group
        Discussing with the Ishinomaki City to determine a site. The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2016.

      • Ogatsu Shipyard Group

        Redesigning their factory layout based on a preliminary survey result of a proposed site. Waiting for on a preliminary cost estimate. Project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015.

      • Kikuzakari Sake Brewery
        Planned their estimated production amount for this year. MakiBiz is currently working with them on a plan for managing funds, and business plan.

      • Yamagataya
        In the process of getting a preliminary cost estimate for rebuilding their factory.

      • Hamaguri-do
        Drafting a business plan.
    • Other Projects
      • Many people in the affected areas have begun to feel hopeless to their future. We have contacted by an organization that runs a "Dream Map" workshop, which teaches the importance of having a dream, and cultivates the motivation to achieve them.


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