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Wed, 2014-11-19 13:02

Issue Date: 17 November 2014
Reporting Period: 10 November 2014 – 16 November 2014

Business of the Week
Name: Kids Media Station (New Client)

"Ishinomaki Daily Children’s Newspaper" which tells the story of Ishinomaki through the eyes of children in the region has been published quarterly since March 11, 2012. It is run by Kids Media Station. The main purpose of the newspaper is for children who experienced hardship in the earthquake and tsunami would be able to overcome their tough experiences through interviewing various people in Ishinomaki and publishing their newspaper. In addition to the newspaper, they host craft workshops with children. Workshops are led by professionals in and around Ishinomaki, and encourage children to imagine the future of their hometown. In November, MakiBiz was invited to lead a three-part model-making workshop titled "Architecture and City Planning." Using materials easily accessible by children, we have them design and build various architectural structures. The first workshop was "Tower that won’t fall". The second workshop was "Bridge that won’t break". Then the third workshop was "House that won’t be washed away." The children participated with more enthusiasm than we had anticipated, and came up with a wide range of creative ideas that amazed us. Perhaps an architect will emerge from the group in the future!

  1. Project Updates
    • Client In-take
      • GREEN: on-going
      • Total number of business owners that we contacted to date: 192 (+1 since last report)
      • Total number of jobs created or recovered: 514 (+/- 0 since last report)

    • MakiBiz Build Back Better Tohoku Request for Proposal program
      Construction continues. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of November.
      Tamiko Abe
      The outer walls are being completed. Construction is scheduled for completion at the end of November.
    • Business Support Projects
      • Kesennuma Shipyard Group
        Held a meeting to discuss overall budget on 11/13/2014. Negotiating with banks (looking to work with a bank with a branch in Kesennuma for co-financing loans).
        The project is schedule for completion in Spring 2017
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Kisaka Attorney

      • Sato Shipyard Group
        Discussing with the Miyagi Prefecture on the increase in relocation compensation amount. Have begun talking about the design of the building.
        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
        The Miyagi Prefecture authorities will visit on 11/21/2014. Will discuss the land purchase. Began holding meetings to put together loan applications. Moving forward in negotiating with financial institutions.
        The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2016.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Wakachiku Construction Company, Kanda Communications

      • Shoninbori Shipyard Group
        Finished site-boring. Planning on holding a hearing investigation meeting with Nippon Foundation on 11/20/2014.
        The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2016.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Nihon Hoist

      • Ogatsu Shipyard Group
        Will hold a ground breaking ceremony on 12/5/2014. Preparing to install a rafter crane.
        The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Wakachiku Construction Company, Kanda Communications

      • Kikuzakari Sake Brewery
        They are still raising funds on Music Securities website with the goal of raising 13,000,000 yen. Planning on holding a ceremony to celebrate the first sake preparation in December.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Office Itsuki, Kisaka Attorney

      • Yamagataya
        Creating a business plan with a supporting organization. Will work on application for loans upon completion.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners

      • Hamagurihama Project
        Re-drafting business plan. Will receive another visit from a representative at Tohoku Kyoueki Kikin next month.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Tohoku Kyoeki Kikin

      • Baikado
        Twin Graphics has been chosen as the graphic designer. Asking them for an estimate for the design of paper bags and product packaging. Will receive a quote in 2 weeks.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Communa Translation Design, Kaneda Social Insurance Office

      • Ishinomaki Marina
        Have begun surveying the planned construction site.
    • Other Projects
        We participated in a two-day strategy meeting with a fundraising professional, Mr. Kan from Cause Action. All staff participated and learned about fundraising basics and looked at necessary expenses and reexamined funding sources to create a plan on how to obtain those funds and who will do what. We also reviewed and discussed our mission and current and future operational direction, to come out of the discussion with a stronger set of goals and direction. Next year we will put a stronger emphasis on gathering money from corporate sponsors and will continue to move our current projects forward, follow up with existing clients and host one-on-one consultations and seminars depending on needs. We also discussed working beyond the realms of reconstruction support in Tohoku, to creating a recovery and reconstruction manual that applies to regions beyond Tohoku.

  2. Red Flagged Issues:
    • Scheduled Completion (10/30/2012). NEW Anticipated Completion (11/30/2014)
    • 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.

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