1876 (Meiji 9) - Makoto Shimizu establishes a company named "Shinsuisha" in Honsho-yanagihara, Tokyo and starts manufacturing of "Yellow Phosphorus Match."
1888 (Meiji 21) - Shinsuisha goes bankrupt. Makoto Shimizu goes to Kanazawa to live the life of a recluse.
1890 (Meiji 23) - Riki Sato follows Makoto Shimizu on the business and reopens Shinsuisha in Fukagawa, Tokyo.
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