Matsumura; president of Actia Inc.
Actia is the maker and retailer of ‘Bandana-Cap’ what is the
bare necessities for chemotherapy patient. I want to tell
you why and how to start my business.
The role of an entrepreneur had never entered my mind. A Home
Economics major, I taught at a middle school. After marriage,
I joined my husband’s household as a housewife. When my husband
embarked upon his own business, I joined him as his office
Then years ago, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer.
This was the turning point in my life. Having a close relationship,
it was almost unbearable to watch her deteriorate. I struggled
to find a way to help?chemotherapy had made her bald. Being
adept at sewing, I took her scarf and created a cap for her
head. A smile returned to her face.
At this particular time, an International Modern Hospital
Show was being held and I was invited to participate creating
pajamas and accessories. I concentrated on functional but
fashionable designs and included the cap. The popularity of
the cap far exceeded my expectations. Realizing the need and
demand, I assembled a team of capable help to make them.
For me, the cap became a symbol of help. A commercial or profit
making venture had not entered my thoughts. Seeking advice
from hospital staff, I continued to improve upon the caps.
My dream is to provide and convey to women of the world suffering
from cancer, my “attakai kokoro” or “warm spirit” with “akko’s
Bandana cap”. My heartfelt desire is that future research
will annihilate cancer. It may diminish the need for my caps
but that would be a wonderful goal.