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Hagoromo president explains why he closed down his beloved chalk business

Hagoromo Stationery made chalk for 82 years. We closed down the company in March voluntarily. When we made the decision to close public last October, we received a huge response.

Takayasu Watanabe, Hagoromo's last president

     Many of our customers stocked up on our chalk before it became unavailable. We received a flood of faxes and nonstop telephone calls, and could hardly keep up with orders. Initially, we had planned to discontinue production at the end of February. But after discussions with employees, we continued production until March 31.

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