Graduated from the Department of Medical Genome Sciences, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo.
Joined Link Place Co., Ltd.
Company name changed to DE-SIGN INC. through a management buyout
Why did you want to work in project management (PM)?
Since my time as a student, I had wondered if there was any kind of job in which I could bring together many people to work toward a single goal. I liked playing roles such as leading a meeting or heading the organizing committee for the school cultural festival. Rather than being interested in spaces, I was drawn to the work of PM itself. I was attracted by the fact that it was a job that was essential to making progress and it was not bound to a single fixed role.
What type of project manager do you think you are?
Personally I am not very particular about many things, so I think I work well with clients who seek straightforward advice or cost performance. Since I don’t think that there necessarily is a right or wrong answer when it comes to the final outcome, I try to get the client to make clear what kinds of discussions they expect and what points they would find convincing. I want to find meaning in the project’s process itself.
What is hardest about the job of a project manager?
What’s hard about this job is the fact that it is not one in which things necessarily will go well just because one has experience. But of course, there are many aspects that do get easier with experience. I think that experience makes it possible to anticipate pitfalls and decide how to address them.
But it’s definitely not a good idea to be overconfident, thinking that you will be able to figure out what to do when any challenge might arise later. How seriously you address a project at the start, and whether or not you have been able to envision a path to the project’s goal, will have major impacts on later results. For this reason, I think that the most important thing is to adopt a stance of taking on the project with sincerity.
At what moments, in your work, do you feel happy that things have gone well?
When I feel that all people involved in the project are moving in the same direction and the project is making progress.
What makes my work feel interesting and enjoyable is when people with various perspectives and abilities overcome the boundaries between them to demonstrate their power collectively in moving toward a single goal.
Although this doesn’t exactly answer the question, I also am glad when somebody asks me for advice. There are limits to what each individual can do, and money will not solve every problem. Times like that are when I feel like I can put to use the management abilities that I have built up through now.


Moving forward by addressing each challenge seriously, one by one

Something I value in doing work is an approach of never lying or covering things up.
Of course, I try to think as much as I can about the timing and situations in which to speak and how to convey information, but sometimes we have to be frank.
I consider my job to be that of addressing with sincerity any problems that arise, and finding solutions to them.