From 15 May to 1 Jun 2015, Mr. Mitsuo Takeda, the Managing Director of Tsuzuki Cooperation, who also teaches "monozukuri"* at Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, was dispatched to Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in Mongolia. He introduced distinguished woodworking techniques developed in Japan to students of the KOSEN model class established within IET. The students were taught these techniques through practical training. Teaching staff of IET also joined the training to learn woodworking skills and deepened their understanding of effective teaching techniques.
Considering the existing woodworking in Mongolia, Mr. Takeda brought Japanese tools such as chisels, hand planes, iron drills, sumitsubo (Japanese traditional carpenters' ink liner), and grindstones to Mongolia. The students learnt how to use these tools to grain chisels, measure and mark wood, joint wood parts and so forth. As a result of the training, students made solid bookshelves using these skills.
*"Monozukuri" literally means making or creating things in Japanese. The term however is used to refer the spirit to produce not only great products but also have the ability to continuously improve techniques and the production system.