by Second Harvest Japan

Project Report | Dec 30, 2021
Looking ahead to 2022

By Charles E. McJilton | CEO

In April 2020 none of us thought marugohan would remain closed for as long as it has. At that time we expected, most of the world did, for business to return to normal by the fall. The decision to shift operations was correct and remaining "closed" proved to be a wise decision.

As the number of case in Japan have declined dramatically and the country remains virtually closed, we have concluded it is time to take steps to reopen marugohan. Beginning on January 4th we will introduce a "choice system" so that users can select what they want. This was one of the more appealing aspects of marugohan. 

We have consciously chosen to not officially reopen marugohan as it was orginally designed for at least another three month. One of the key differentiating aspect of marugohan was the concept of ongaeshi (repaying a favor).  We asked recipients to "pay" for ther services by giving back to society in some fashion. We still believe this is valuable and have seen the influence of marugohan on our operations in Okinawa. However, we believe it is still too early to reboot that part of the program.

By spring I hope we have better news.


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Second Harvest Japan

Location: Taito-ku, Tokyo - Japan
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Twitter: @2hj_en
Project Leader:
Charles McJilton
Taito-ku , Tokyo Japan

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