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Mon, 2014-10-20 14:38

Issue Date: 20 October 2014
Reporting Period: 13 October 2014 – 19 October 2014

Business of the Week
Name: Tamaki Zosen Kako (existing client)

Tamaki Zosen Kako (Tamaki Ship-building) is located along the old Kitakami River in Ishinomaki. The company has been in ship building business specializing in wooden boats. Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) boats have become more mainstream due to their lightness and durability in recent years. Tamaki's current owner is one of the few masters in the craft of wooden boat-building. He has been in the business for over 50 years. While his customer base isn't grandiose, his skills, passion and dedication make him reputable. Since boats and canoes are easily accessible for people who have lived with the Kitakami River their entire life, carpenters such as Mr. Tamaki who can repair and build these boats are essential.


President, Mr. Tamaki (right)

On October 15, Tamaki Zosen Kako and Shoninbori Iron Works (who we introduced in last week's business of the week) met for a kick-of meeting to rebuild their businesses. A total of 20 members including affiliated parties and supporters such as Ishinomaki and Ministry of Land, Transportation, and Infrastructure officials, architecture and construction consultants, financial advisors, and machinery manufacturers came to MakiBiz. Tamaki Ship Builders and Shoninbori Iron Works are planning to form a coalition (Godo-kaisha), and are going to build a new ironworks factory in Kadowaki-cho. They foresee many challenges along the way, but everyone who participated in this meeting agreed that they would like to work towards a common goal of rebuilding the ship-building industry of Ishinomaki. MakiBiz will continue to work with supporters to help business owners reach their goals.


At the kick-off meeting



  1. Project Updates
    • Client In-take
      • GREEN: on-going
      • Total number of business owners that we contacted to date: 187 (+0 since last report)
        Did not reach out to new clients this week due to our time spent following up with existing clients.

      • Total number of jobs created or recovered: 514 (+/- 0 since last report)


    • MakiBiz Build Back Better Tohoku Request for Proposal program
      Konpiramaru
      Construction on foundation completed. Construction schedule being adjusted due to Typhoon, and is now scheduled for completion in mid-November.
      Tamiko Abe
      Construction on framing currently happening (process prolonged due to typhoon). Adjusting construction schedule.
    • Business Support Projects
      • Kesennuma Shipyard Group
        Calculating overall budget (negotiating with partners). Negotiating with banks.
        The project is schedule for completion in Spring 2017
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Kisaka Attorney

      • Sato Shipyard Group
        Held a construction meeting. Awaiting relocation compensation details. Will solidify a business plan after receiving compensation details. Planning on finalizing a budget and a rebuilding plan to begin construction drawings by mid-October.
        The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Consultant K, Asia Kousoku, Team-O, Nihon Hoist, Zeniya Kaiyo Service, Wakachiku Construction, Kisaka Attorney, Kaneda Social Insurance Office

      • Suzuki Shipyard Group
        Creating a business plan. Planning on having a draft by the end of October. Will begin speaking with Nippon Zaidan at the end of October.
        The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2016.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Wakachiku Construction Company, Kanda Communications

      • Shoninbori Shipyard Group
        Held a kick-off meeting. Will make decision on placement of crane and crane type next week.
        The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2016.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Nihon Hoist

      • Ogatsu Shipyard Group
        Decided on an architect after bidding process. Next week they will form a contract with the contractors. Construction is scheduled to begin on January 2015.
        The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Wakachiku Construction Company, Kanda Communications

      • Kikuzakari Sake Brewery
        Need cost estimate on equipment repair and replacement by end of October. They are still raising funds on Music Securities website with the goal of raising 13,000,000 yen (currently they have raised 31.8% of this through 151 people). Will participate in Music Securities' campaign on the 20th. Will be at a Tohoku Support gathering for PR purposes on the 24th. Planning on holding a ceremony to celebrate the first sake preparation in mid-November.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Office Itsuki, Kisaka Attorney

      • Yamagataya
        Final estimate decided upon. Creating a business plan with a supporting organization. Will work on application for high level loans upon completion by the end of month or mid-November.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners

      • Hamagurihama Project
        Will discuss future grant opportunities with Tohoku Kyoeki Kikin's Mr. Yoshida on the 23rd.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Tohoku Kyoeki Kikin

      • Baikado
        Played with the idea to make mini-versions of some of the current top-sellers to appeal to a younger crowd, but due to manufacturing costs, have decided to continue working on current products instead. Re-examining the package design and will meet with a designer next week to discuss.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Communa Translation Design, Kaneda Social Insurance Office
    • Other Projects
        This week, we had student from Tokyo University's Kidokoro / Seta lab. They are researching the effectiveness of placing 'Creative Towns' in the center of a region. Their thesis is that it is possible to activate a community by creating a "network hub" that ties together people and ideas, and creates innovation through local resources and companies. We spoke to them about our projects and the merit of having our office based in Ishinomaki. The students showed great interest in organizations such as MakiBiz, who provide architecture and business support (both of which are at the community's core) to revitalize the city.


  2. Red Flagged Issues:
    • Scheduled Completion (10/30/2012). NEW Anticipated Completion (10/31/2014)
    • Business Coordinator [Japanese]
    • Fundraiser [Japanese]
    • We have received many applications to the fundraiser position, and interviewed a few candidates. But we have not identified the right candidate. We will continue searching until we find one.

End of Weekly Report