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まきビズ / MakiBiz

Mon, 2014-11-24 14:03

Issue Date: 24 November 2014
Reporting Period: 17 November 2014 – 23 November 2014

Business of the Week
Name: Abeshin (New Client)

Abeshin was established in the middle of the Edo period as a Kaisen Donya, a wholesaler who sold goods to travellers and tradesmen travelling between ports, and thrived as an inn welcoming fishermen and tourists coming to visit Kinkasan. As times changed, the business evolved to being the restaurant business before the earthquake and tsunami hit.

Current owner is Hisatoshi Abe, the 14th generation. After the 2011 disaster, he helped survivors by preparing school lunches, and driving a food truck around to serve his community. They also delivered bentos to local businesses and community gathering, and provided their dishes to super markets.

Mr. Abe has been deeply involved in city building because he believes that close communication with neighbors is the key for a resilient community. With this belief, he is sharing various useful information to the public. At MakiBiz, we gave advice on how to best utilize a local restaurant Shochiku's (one of their restaurants) existing Facebook page in expanding their reach. We will continue supporting them with the creation of pamphlets, to use the power of design to support their business.

Mr. Hisatoshi Abe (left) and his restaurant Shochiku (right)

  1. Project Updates
    • Client In-take
      • GREEN: on-going
      • Total number of business owners that we contacted to date: 193 (+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
      The framework of the building has been completed, and roof construction has begun. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of November.
      Tamiko Abe
      Completing the exterior of the building. Construction is scheduled for completion at the end of November.
    • Business Support Projects
      • Kesennuma Shipyard Group
        Negotiating with banks (looking to work with a bank with a branch in Kesennuma for co-financing loans). Began preparing documents to become established as an amalgamated company.
        The project is schedule for completion in Spring 2017
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Kisaka Attorney

      • Sato Shipyard Group
        Having a final discussion with the Miyagi Prefecture on the increase in relocation compensation amount. Have begun 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 visited on the 11/21, and discussed the land purchase. Discussing loan applications with Nihon Zaidan. Negotiating with financial institutions. Plan and sectional drawings completed by MakiBiz supporter, Mr. Fukuchi (civil engineering consultant).
        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 hearing investigation meeting with Nippon Zaidan. Began creating business plan. Deciding on crane equipment (will make a decision by end of November). Will have an overall operational budget set in December.
        The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2016.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Nihon Hoist

      • Ogatsu Shipyard Group
        Preparing for the groundbreaking ceremony and the installation of the rafter crane scheduled on 12/5. Will be submitting their building application next week.
        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
        Drafting a business plan with a supporting organization slowed down due to client's availability. Concurrently, working on application for loans. Nissho Partners is looking at current financial information.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners

      • Hamagurihama Project
        Still working on re-drafting business plan. Negotiating with a representative at Tohoku Kyoueki Kikin for another client visit.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Tohoku Kyoeki Kikin

      • Baikado
        Waiting for receiving a quote for package design by Twin Graphics.
        MakiBiz Supporters: Communa Translation Design, Kaneda Social Insurance Office

      • Ishinomaki Marina
        Have begun surveying the planned construction site.
    • Other Projects
        An Architecture student from Nihon University came to MakiBiz to interview us for his thesis project. He is researching community development organizations in Ishinomaki. We talked about how we decided on our office location, how staffing developed, how we raised funds, what kind of changes we encountered with needs in the past 4 years, and how we responded to those changes. We also talked about the future of MakiBiz. We are looking forward seeing his completed thesis.

  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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