Makoto Co.

CEO Kiyoharu Nakamura

1965
Birthplace
Osaka/Japan
Message to young people
Don’t give up, try hard and you can work it out. Move when you get stuck and you can enjoy your life.

In my childhood, I was the boss of the other kids. I really liked being the center of attention and hated to lose. I started working part time when I was in the fifth grade, being obsessed with making money even at that age. My parents would often say: “Men should work for a lifetime so get certifications. Don’t give up even when you feel it is impossible.” Such attitudes provided the basis of what I am today.

Though I wanted to go to a professional school, I joined a termite exterminating company after graduating from high school as I needed to pay for five motorcycles and a car I had bought. I hated the job, so I was almost going to quit just two or three minutes after I got to the first work location. It turned out I worked at that company for 3½ years as I didn’t want to be a loser. Also my parents had told me to stay at least three years.

After that, I moved to a telecommunications installation company. I thought there were many business opportunities with the privatization of NTT. I obtained a license for installing telephone lines before anybody else did and succeeded as a manager of a service office. Just around that time, I was asked by my father-in-law to join his company, Makoto. It took me a half-year to decide to join.

When I started working there I was aware that I was going to succeed my father-in-law at the company so I worked very hard. In those days, I kept in mind that working hard is just a “matter of course” for a family member of the corporate manager and working twice as hard as others is “as expected” of such a relative, so I have been trying to work three times as hard as others do. I did experience many failures and setbacks, but I was so positive and aggressive that I didn’t realize them and thus could advance.

After the company’s 35th anniversary, I established a Kanto branch and a branch in China. Then I assumed the position of CEO as the next step.

I haven’t experienced severe hardships as CEO as my employees are working very hard for the company. I would like to develop the company, providing my employees with stages where they can play a starring role. For that, my job is to develop and implement new ideas. Such activities make me happy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I believe to live is to enjoy and to work is to make people beside you happy.

Company Profile

Name
Makoto Co.
Headquarters
Osaka/Japan
1973
employees
65
business
Operating 100 yen shops
url
http://www.makoto-ltd.co.jp/