Managing Director’s Message
We’ve been commercially rearing wagyu cows since 2017.
As the oldest son in a livestock farming family, it was assumed that I would take over the family business, but after graduating from high school, I spent nine years working for a completely different company.
After leaving that company, there was nothing that really took my fancy, but I had just gotten married, so for the first time in my life, I made a résumé.
The memory of one interviewer throwing my résumé back at me and shouting “Why would I hire someone like you? You have no qualifications!” is still seared into my mind.
I thought back to all the people who had told me “You should have taken over the farm! Then you’d never have needed to worry about finding a job,” and all the people who had said “Who would work in a dirty, stinky barn?” All at once, I knew I had listened to the wrong people. I had made a big mistake.
That regret inspired me to start Matsumoto Shoji.
After converting the land all on my own, I began rearing wagyu cows with help from the companies I deal with. I now have about 100.
There have been some mishaps along the way—one day I went to the barn and found that a cow had broken the water pipe; another day a cow got its head stuck in the fence. But my babies inspire me to keep going every day.
And so I keep meeting each new challenge as it comes, with the hope of spreading some cheer in the world.
Managing Director, Matsumoto Shoji Co., Ltd.
About Matsumoto Shoji
|Matsumoto Shoji Co., Ltd.
|7826 Aza-Ichiyan, Ichiyan-cho, Fukagawa City, Hokkaido 074-0028
|March 1, 2017
|Nature of business
|Rearing and sale of wagyu cows