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Kesennuma knitters aim to build world-class brand

Oct 24, 2013

Kesennuma knitters aim to build world-class brand

An effort to knit cardigans to help revive the tsunami-hit coastal city of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture has evolved into a company of 20 people.The firm, Kesennuma Knitting Co., originally started as a project by Tamako Mitarai, 28, in June 2012. It now employs ...

Volunteer helping street kids in Bangladesh

Dec 30, 2009

Volunteer helping street kids in Bangladesh

When Hiroki Watanabe was a university senior, he visited Phuket, Thailand, to participate in a yacht race.While riding a double-decker bus, the Yokohama native saw a boy of 5 or 6 years old standing at the entrance of a slum area with disconsolate eyes. ...