A Craftsman's Dream at 85: Iwai Makoto, Lathe Turner
A leading lathe turner plies his trade in Tokyo's Kamata neighborhood, known for its many small and specialized factories. At 85, Iwai Makoto shaves metal with an accuracy down to a hundredth of a millimeter. He handmakes parts that computer-controlled machines struggle with. His phenomenal skill has shaped vital elements of bullet trains and the Seto Ohashi Bridge, supporting the infrastructure behind the lives of many. Despite the rise in automation and repeated economic downturns, his pride still keeps him at his lathe.