After working in a wooden mold factory for 15 years, Midorikawa lost his job suddenly during the IT bubble burst. With the two former colleagues, he decided to launch a company which makes wooden models and three-dimensional products. To re-energize the industry, he established the “Japanese Manufacturing Spinning-Top Tournament." The first tournament was held in February of 2012. Now, annual tournaments are held in more than 50 places throughout Japan and in 7 different countries around the world. The project received the Japan Mecenat Award in 2013 and the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award in 2014.
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