When I started to run TCB as a sewing factory, a local radio station found it interesting that a young guy in his 20s coming from a different prefecture dared to start his own sewing factory in Kojima and they invited me onto the radio one day.
They gave me a bunch of questionaries in advance and one of them was “What is the corporate philosophy for your company?” I was young and maybe I was putting myself out too much answering “We are a service company who also does the manufacturing.
In the Showa era (old days), it might have been true that people would need you as long as your skills as a craftsman was second to none. I’m not sure if people outside Japan have this kind of stereotype but we do have a strong stereotypical image about craftsmen that they tend to be shy, quiet or to express very little feelings but they always perseveringly commit themselves to mastering the skills of their own field.
When I was young, I thought that kind of pure and manly image of craftsmen really cool but after I worked in the denim industry I gradually started to feel that there might be something more needed for the craftsmen of today because I saw a lot of those great skilled craftsmen that matched my ideal image of craftsmen loosing their jobs.
You need to be good at delivery the appeal of products to the world, you can’t receive any offer unless you understand that any business is based on the supports from who need them.
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