Shigemitsu Kongo formed his construction company Kongo Gumi in 578 AD. This company lasted over 1,400 years. They survived countless political crises, wars, and natural disasters. They survived the Meiji Restoration in the 1800s, a period in which the government set out to eradicate Buddhism from Japan, and hence, the temple building industry. They even survived two atomic bombs. What Kongo Gumi couldn’t survive was debt.