Related program: Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Rebuilding
Seaweed, Scallop, Oyster farmer
The owner, Naoya was born and raised in Utatsu, Minami-sanriku, Miyagi. He has worked as an aquaculture farmer since he turned 20 years old. The tsunami destroyed his workplace, and he lost all his equipment. He worked in the construction industry for a while as many aqua-farmers and fishermen have done after the disaster to pay their bills. However, he did not give up on the rebuilding of his seaweed farm. In November 2011, he resumed seaweed farming.
His business is back on track, but he would like to make Utatsu's aqua-farming industry more sustainable. He suggests "blue tourism" to diversify the town's economic structure. His proposal includes a place where tourists and local people enjoy fresh seafood, and various programs to easily engage in fishing and aqua-farming. He believes that it is also a great opportunity to bring back fishermen and aqua-farmers who quit their business to work in more profitable industries after the disaster.
MakiBiz RFP Program
This project is one of the businesses that were selected for the MakiBiz Request for Proposal (RFP) program, which supports the rebuilding of small businesses and entrepreneurs who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated the Tohoku region in 2011.