Back in 2014, Sizung hosted an international webinar to bring together students and business leaders from Fukushima and NYC (PDF). Aaron Goldman, Managing Director of General Atlantic, led a discussion from NYC on how to launch innovative ideas in the marketplace.
In Fukushima, students from the self-directed learning free school managed by the NPO Terakoya Hōjōsha, located in the Aizu region of Fukushima, discussed ways to bring tourism and local history together into a job creating enterprise. Hiroyuki Karahashi, President at the Homare Sake Brewery Company, located in nearby Kitakata City (and a friend from UC Berkeley), also attended.
Just recently, I received the following note from Karahashi-san, which I wanted to share with you today:
My company, Homare Sake Brewery Co., Ltd., is participating in a donation project with Mr. Egawa, the Director of the nonprofit organization Terakoya Hōjōsha, whom I met at an international conference Sizung hosted in October 2014. Mr. Egawa’s NPO has been providing nutritious meals for children in poor families in the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, and my company has committed a portion of the proceeds of our sake sales in February to support his initiative. At present, we have raised over 1.2 million yen (note: approximately $11,000 USD).
Mr. Egawa came to my office last October and asked me to collaborate with him on this initiative. Thankfully, we were able to launch it this month. The relationship between Mr. Egawa and me was created by you, Adam. What a global project it was!
Thank you for your kindness and dedication to Fukushima!
It was an honor for Sizung to play a small role in such a meaningful initiative. We look forward to continuing to facilitate valuable collaborations across traditional organizational and geographic boundaries in years to come!