Bending Industry Back Into Shape
On this episode, we visit Kamata in Tokyo, which is home to many small factories expert in machining parts for a variety of industries. In recent years, however, the lack of successors has been forcing many manufacturers to close down. But Iranian-born Mirhoseini Ahmad, a veteran metalworker and factory owner, is making efforts with other local craftspeople to give the area back some of its former glory. We also meet Bill Leonguerrero from Guam, a confectioner of Japanese sweets in Ehime Prefecture.
Ahmad regularly collaborates with this 82-year-old master lathe worker
Ahmad, his wife and their children live close to the factory
The Kamata industrial area played a key role in Japan's economic growth
Bill developed an original Japanese-style confection using locally-grown mandarin oranges