May 6, 2016,13:45 +0900(JST) Visit to Miharu Town of Tamura County, Fukushima
I would like to sincerely pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the earthquakes that struck the Kumamoto area. I also would like to express my deep sympathy for those who were seriously affected by the disaster.
On Thursday, April 14, I visited Miharu Town in order to conclude a basic location agreement with Fukushima Prefecture and with Miharu Town regarding the new plant of Tohoku Sumiden Precision Co., Ltd., which will be established as one of our cutting tool-production bases. Last December, we made a public announcement of the establishment of the new plant. In the morning of my visit, it was unfortunately cloudy, but I was able to view a full bloom of the Miharu Takizakura (cherry tree whose flowers spread like a waterfall), before attending the agreement conclusion ceremony.
Held at the town's interaction facility Mahora, the conclusion ceremony was attended by Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, Miharu Town Mayor Yoshinori Suzuki, Director-General for Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Setsuo Iuchi of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and other parties concerned.
Around Miharu Town are our major customers in the field of cutting tools. In addition, the city serves as a traffic hub. Maximizing these geographical advantages, we would like to further expand our sales and ensure that Tohoku Sumiden Precision develops together with the local community for many years to come.
After the ceremony, I spoke with former Mayor Hiroshi Ito of Miharu Town. We had quite a good time talking about Prof. Tsuru, who had taught both of us at Hitotsubashi University, our alma mater.