Supporting Recovery of the Fish Processing Industry in Kesennuma

Supporting the Kesennuma Shishiori Processing Cooperative Association to help industrial reconstruction

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami brought devastating damage to Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture and to its core industry, the fish processing industry. Sumitomo Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation Tohoku teamed up with Mitsui to support reconstruction of the industry in collaboration with Miyagi Prefecture, Kesennuma City, and the local chambers of commerce. This coalition is helping to develop a recovery business model by assisting the Kesennuma Shishiori Processing Cooperative Association, which was formed after the earthquake.

On May 27, 2015, a new office building for the cooperative association was completed. In the ceremony for the building's completion, Sumitomo Corporation's former President & CEO Kuniharu Nakamura and many representatives from related parties gathered together to celebrate the milestone. By supporting the activities of the Association with the slogan "Share the same vision toward reconstruction," we contribute to the reconstruction of the local fish processing industry and the sustainable development of the entire community.

Participants in the new office building ceremony
New office completed (left) and the refrigerated warehouse under construction (right)