What moved you to join Shizen Energy Group (SEG)?
I was born and raised in a town surrounded by the ocean, and since I moved to Tokyo, I have been surfing and going to the ocean and learning a lot from it.
However, I sensed that the marine environment was gradually deteriorating, and after the Great East Japan Earthquake, I decided to get involved in a business that aimed to solve environmental problems.
When I realized the difficulty of balancing corporate activities and reducing environmental impact, I decided to work for Shizen Energy after hearing the founder's words, "Increased sales are directly equivalent to doing something good for the planet.
At the time, I had no experience or knowledge of the energy business or startups, and I had no real sense of the never-ending goal of "building 1GW (the equivalent of one nuclear power plant) of renewable energy power plants. We are close to achieving our "1GW" goal.
What do you want to accomplish in Shizen Energy Group?
The energy industry accounts for about 70% of the Co2 emissions. I would like to work with Shizen Energy to take that industry to the next stage with the power of renewable energy, to make it a well-established industry, and, to create a system and momentum that allows the people who use energy to choose and think about it with their will, just as we do with the clothes we wear and the food we eat.
Personally, in order to achieve the above, I would like to provide products and experiences that will encourage people to think about renewable energy even a little bit.
Tell us about your career.
After graduating from university, I worked for a general trading company where I was in charge of accounting and taxation for the automobile business.
After experiencing the Great East Japan Earthquake (March 11, 2011) during my six-month NEET (surfing and traveling) period, I looked for a job where I could be involved in solving environmental problems and worked for an outdoor apparel manufacturer. Shortly thereafter, I learned of Shizen Energy's founding at the same time, so I began working 2 jobs.
In the early days of the company, I was in charge of accounting, general affairs, public relations, and recruiting, and then I started up the human resources department. Then, in 2018, I moved to a new business, the Power Retail Department, where I am responsible for the local electricity business and corporate retail business. (* Transferred to the current position in 2021)
What social problem do you think needs to be solved?
There are many social problems that appear on the surface and there are many things that need to be solved, including environmental problems, but I think the fundamental problem lies in not thinking and acting (or not thinking). I think that many of us create the current situation "unknowingly and unconsciously", as well as energy.
I think that if each person can demonstrate the idea of "8 million gods", which Japanese people should be good at, in other words, the spirit of caring for and cherishing things, nature, and other people (if they are able to do so), many things will be solved.