While career success has taken him from elementary school teaching to the head of Tess Co., Kenji Suzuki's life has not always been easy or straightforward.

During his tenure as a teacher, one of Suzuki's students suffered from a health condition that left them unable to walk. Although the child was keen to participate in all school activities, their traditional wheelchair often restricted their movement.

One day, after returning home from school, Suzuki saw on TV a prototype pedal-powered wheelchair, which he thought would be the perfect way for his student to expand their mobility.