Shiga Prefecture is home to Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa. A lush green area with mountains is surrounding Lake Biwa. Aisho town prospered as a production area of hemp fabric since around 1185, thanks to the craft of hemp fabric from Kyoto, rich and clean waters and “Omi-merchants”- traditionally famous businessmen based near the town. The president’s grandfather, Masajiro Nishimura, was in China during World War Ⅱ and was unable to return home for a long time after the end of the war. So his wife Mitsuko started sewing duvet covers to make a living, thus starting founding the beginnings of WESTY INDUSTRIES CO..