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Making contribution to the business of "coexistence with local communities" with a vision for the 100 years ahead, through expertise on "land"

Reaching the culmination of my carrier at the forefront of clean energy development

For 25 years I had been busy working to acquire and manage land at an electric power company. I always felt that my job was worthwhile, but I am now 50 years old. I was wondering about what my "career culmination" would be and in the course of that I started to feel a strong desire that "I want to devote the rest of my life to build the society for the future."

There are various forms of social contribution but especially the environmental issues and evolution of energy development are common challenges across the globe. The central government of Japan also set the goal of "reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050" in 2018 and mentioned the use of renewable energy as an important theme. Therefore, I made up my mind to take full advantage of my "land"-related experience and knowledge to help promote the spread of clean energy. Therefore, I started activities to change jobs for the first time in my life.

When I learned about Vena Energy, foreign-affiliated companies were an "unknown world" and I first felt it was quite alien to me. However, I felt great empathy for the company's policy of "coexistence with local communities" aiming to become their partner in each region while developing renewable energy projects mainly in Asia and other countries around the world. In addition, through the interviews I was able to feel the company's strong focus on land acquisition. That is why I decided to join the company saying to myself that "let's try this and do my best as if I'm starting my life all over again."


The most important thing is to establish a high degree of trust with local communities


Joy of working in an environment where we can expect to be part of the "first in Japan"

As I work here, I have experienced two positive culture shocks. These are the "speed of approval" and "culture that does not deny even an unprecedented plan." In land negotiations, quite often large amounts of budget are involved and there are many cases where decision-making is delayed due to the requirement for repeated requests for approval. In this regard, at our company we are very close to our superiors and we also have a streamlined mechanism of decision-making, thus the "go" or "no-go" decision is extremely quick. Thanks to this, we can take actions in a speedy manner on the working level as well.

In addition, the company never makes blind assumptions and simply denies even the largest-scale development plans or cutting-edge initiatives. If there is a potential of success, it takes up the challenge and makes company-wide efforts, which is also an exciting attitude. I have been working in the energy industry for many years, yet here I often experience moments when I get excited, feeling that "we may be able to make contribution to society at a level that is 'the first of its kind' in Japan."

However, these projects would just remain as a mere desktop theory unless they are accepted by the local communities, thus increasing awareness about the company is extremely important. Going forward, I would like to make contribution also in the areas of PR and CSR activities myself, in addition to my day-to-day work.

As such, this company would certainly be a very rewarding environment for those who wish to work together with local communities to develop projects that are beneficial to society not only now but also in 50 years or 100 years from now. I hope those who are going to join us will also experience the real thrill of spending a lot of time to build a power plant and contributing to updating local communities.

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