Innovators Network

Junichi Tamura - Chief Director, Next Commons Lab & Director, Tono Brewing Company

Prior to helping launch Next Commons Lab, Tamura worked for a company where he was in charge of making newly-launched projects profitable and expanding them. He later was a management consultant at a real estate company. To help launch Next Commons Lab (NCL), he moved to Tono, Iwate in 2016. Tono has a population of about 30,000 and NCL serves as a platform to engage local government, local companies and entrepreneurs to create new industries and to tackle common challenges in regional areas. He currently works on several projects including the development of a local craft beer, spreading the fermentation food culture, developing low cost mobile houses and making use of vacant housing. He is also in charge of creating the NCL network by introducing NCL to new regions, launching new businesses, and designing a system to connect different regions.

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