This family-owned Japanese company founded in 2011 is led by an entrepreneur who has expert knowledge in early childhood education. The company produces an educational toy which is aimed at groups of all ages. The toy is completely made in Japan using materials such as polystyrene-based resin and elastomer. This means the toys are soft and safe to play with. The toys come in individual pieces that are dice and tetrahedron shaped.
The three-dimensional structure of the toys allowing the user to construct freely without frameworks. These pieces can be connected or attached to one another endlessly to create various formations. This allows for users to let their imagination run freely and come up with numerous ways of playing. Other possible usages of the toys are to simply throw them like dice, to stack them on top of another, and to spin them like a top.
Their products are fully made in Japan complying with CE marking, and CPSIA certification in the United States. Furthermore, based on the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, they have already obtained the “Declaration of Conformity”. Since 2012 the company has recurrently won various Japanese awards for their design and novelty.
The Japanese company is seeking partners in the EU to engage in either distribution services or commercial agency agreements. So far, the company has several positive experiences interacting with foreign companies for example through domestic trade exhibitions and Japanese partners. However, they have yet to enter into distribution agreements with specific foreign trading partners and establish consistent export channels. Therefore, the company would like to engage in mutually beneficial partnerships with partners in the EU.
Target end-users for the Japanese company domestically are educational institutions (nurseries, kindergartens and elementary schools). Further targets would be rehabilitation facilities (group homes for elderly citizens, nursing homes, special support classes for infant, facilities for the disabled) and so on. Therefore, ideal end-users in the EU would be wholesalers of teaching material, publishing houses in the educational sector, wholesalers of rehabilitation products, and nursing care goods. Major retail companies (department stores, toy stores, and mail order companies) are also accepted. So far internationally the company has exported to the United States, South Korea, and they have a sales officer in Singapore who has contacts with Montessori and local retailers.
The Japanese company has strong alliances with major publishing/newspaper houses and various distributors including leading department stores, art museums and retailers so-called select stores in Japan, therefore as a service back to EU partners they can promote the partner’s own educational toys in the Japanese market by making full use of their market channels. Ideally, a resulting partnership would be advantageous for both parties.