Passing the Torch for Local Businesses: Matching Platform Developer - Asai Katsutoshi *RERUN
Against the backdrop of an aging society, many of Japan's long-running small businesses, unattractive to investors and lacking obvious successors, are in danger of disappearance – particularly in provincial areas, where a vicious cycle of regional decline sees ever fewer families moving to such locations, further depleting the pool of potential successors. Asai Katsutoshi is fighting back, with a unique online service that matches such businesses with individuals keen to take on a new challenge.
Asai creates online profiles for businesses in search of successors
His matching service successfully found a successor for this shiitake farming business
This man applied through Asai's service to take over an aquaculture and fishing business
Asai also organizes internships, preserving traditional skills