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HISTORY

1937 In Nakanocho, Sanjo City (Niigata Prefecture), Yoshio Mizuno founds a company making replacement blades for wood planes.
1955 Increasing use of electric power tools greatly reduces demand for wood planes.
Demand proportionately increases for axes and broadaxes, which Mizuno was also previously making.
1984 Manufacturing moves to the newly-created Fujihira Industrial area in Ogibori, Sanjo City.
1993 Tetsujiro Inoue, a specialist in crafting sheet metal-bending pliers, comes to Mizuno from Katsushika (Tokyo), and begins a 13-year period of training other craftsmen to make them at Mizuno.
2006 Mizuno Industries starts producing and marketing sheet metal-bending pliers, under the “Tokyo Kazumitsu” brand.
Yoshio Mizuno’s son Isao is awarded the official title of “Meister” by Niigata Prefecture.
2012 Isao Mizuno is further awarded the official title of “Traditional Craftsman” by the government of Japan.

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Isao Mizuno, Traditional Craftsman

Born 1941
2006 Awarded official title of “Meister” by Niigata Prefecture.
2012 Awarded official title of “Traditional Craftsman” by the government of Japan
Principal Instructor, Sanjo Metalworking Group.

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