A Brief History of ShinkirinAbout
The Founder - Matsunaga Naohisa (Kevin)
Kevin Miller Matsunaga was born in Mountain View, California, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating high school, Kevin spent a year training with the US Marine Corps Reserves. He then attended the University of Washington (Seattle) graduating with a Double Degree Bachelor of Arts in American Ethnic Studies and Sociology. It was at the UDub that Kevin first started doing nonprofit work with the Asian American Community.
In 1997, Kevin flew to Almaty, Kazakhstan, to begin training with the US Peace Corps. He then taught English as a Foreign Language in Karatau, Kazakhstan. After his Peace Corps service ended, Kevin worked as the Program Recruiter with the Amercian Councils for International Education in the Kyrgyz Republic. Once back in the US, he completed his Master of Public Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington, with concentrations in Comparative & International Affairs, Information Systems, and Nonprofit Management.
By 2004, Kevin relocated to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For the next 9 years he focused on a peripheral of jobs related to education, ICT and general consulting. From 2013-2017, he departed Vietnam to teach ICT with international schools in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Shanghai, China. He returned to Vietnam in 2017 to set up a social enterprise with a Vietnamese partner. Unfortunately timing was off so they dissolved the project in 2018. It was that time that Kevin decided to focus on a project in Japan. The idea for Shinkirin was born. This brings the story to the Timeline that starts in January, 2019.
More to come...
As mentioned in the Kodokushi page, Shinkirin is currently in the pre-startup phase. Shinkirin plans to take part in the 2021 INNO Disruptive Challenge in Japan. We will also actively seek seed funding in August, 2021. Keep updated about Shinkirin's activities with Twitter at: #shinkirinupdates.
Edited on: July 7, 2021, by Matsunaga Naohisa (Kevin).