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Wed, 2014-07-16 14:16

Issue Date: 14 July 2014
Reporting Period: 07 July 2014 – 13 July 2014

Business of the Week
Business Name: Tesuki-washi Ushiogami (existing business)

One of the clients MakiBiz supported through our RFP grant program, Ushiogami, has come up with an innovative new product to spread Japanese traditional craft of papermaking to the world.

Ushiogami reopened its business in Sasaya, Yamagata in April with a goal to preserve the traditional craft of papermaking. While their workshop in Arakawa was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami, they were able to salvage the equipment that had miraculously survived the disaster. Craftsman Mr. Tsukahara hopes to grow his business and aims to secure a stable distribution of his products by the end of the year.

He is working on the development of new products, and running classes at his workshop to the public. One product that has been created in this pursuit, is clothing made out of Kamikoshi which does not tear when wet. He has created shoes and bags out of this material, and announced his invention at an exhibition in Barcelona. The first workshop held at the facility was attended by many local citizens, and was even aired on KHB Higashi-Nippon Broadcasting’s program "Miyagi no Chikara (Miyagi’s Strengths)." Each step they are taking is successfully connecting and working towards achieving his goals.



  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: IN CONSTRUCTION
      Construction has been mostly completed. Waiting on an inspection by the city office.
      Oikawa Denki: IN CONSTRUCTION
      Interior construction has begun. Construction is scheduled for completion at the end of August.
      Konpiramaru
      Contractors have 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.
      Tamiko Abe
      Value-engineering. 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
        Nisso Partners and the City of Kesennuma met and worked together to draft a business plan. They have decided on the type of crane to purchase. Deloitte Touche Tomatsu is planning to hold a meeting on the merger ratio calculation that they put together. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2017.

      • Sato Shipyard Group
        Marine surveying was completed. Currently discussing where to place the coastal maintenance road. They plan to discuss with the prefecture on the 15th. 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 (awaiting response from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport on the ability to use land by the Kitakami River). The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2016.

      • Ogatsu Shipyard Group
        Planning to conduct preliminary survey of proposed site and reevaluate factory layout on the 14th. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015.

      • Kikuzakari Sake Brewery
        Discussed the buyout of debt by the Great Eastern Japan Business Owner Support Organization on the 9th. Moving forward, they will plan their estimated production amount for this year after evaluating their new sake cellar and chief sake brewer.

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

      • Hamaguri-do
        Drafting their business plan.

      • Baikado
        Baikado won a governmental grant, which will supplement implementation of our marketing plan. We encourage them to contribute to development of their marketing plan in order to cultivate their ownership in the project led by Communa and MakiBiz.

    • 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.


  2. Red Flagged Issues:

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