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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 ...

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 ...