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Kesennuma sweaters

Tamako Mitarai | TEDxTokyo 2014

Tamako Mitarai has always focused on doing work in places where her efforts can make a real difference. While she was a student, she worked with NGOs and international volunteer associations. She went on to work at a foreign consulting firm and then became a Bhutan Prime Minister Fellow. She now lives in Kesennuma, having moved there after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake with the intention of helping in the town’s recovery. There, she established Kesennuma Knitting, a company that produces knitwear such as sweaters and cardigans. Through her efforts, Kesennuma will soon be known worldwide as an area that produces high-quality knitwear.