Garth Eichel: One idea that would fire up the Dragons

Masa Shiroki never went on Dragons’ Den, but had he done so he surely would have stolen the show.

Laid off from his B.C. government job in 2001, Shiroki embarked on a new career as an importer, educator and distributor of Japanese sake. Recognizing demand for quality sake and local products was popular, he used his severance package to finance the 2007 startup of Artisan Sake Maker on Granville Island in Vancouver. Here he set about making artisan sake, using Canadian water and imported sakamai (sake rice) from Japan.

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