In Osaka City is a kitchen knife shop run by Canadian Bjorn Heiberg. Promoting the quality of Japanese knives and working with local craftspeople, he's helped reinvigorate the market, which had been dominated by cheaper all-purpose imports. But the pandemic brought unprecedented hurdles for his business. We follow Bjorn in his efforts to overcome these new difficulties. Also in Osaka, we visit a firm trading in machinery where Dominican Jose Bodden is in charge of importing robots from abroad.
Customers are impressed by the keen edges on the knives Bjorn sells at his store
The decrease in customers due to the pandemic prompted Bjorn to start selling online
Bjorn collaborates with a bladesmith to create knives with high-grade steel
Learning how to operate foreign-made robots is an important part of Jose's work