Do you know the percentage of energy in New Zealand generated from geothermal sources? In this episode we talk with Yoshifumi Imamura who is working to help New Zealand support Japan with its geothermal energy development. There is huge potential for development of geothermal energy in Japan as it tries to become more sustainable in energy production.
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Yoshifumi Imamura is Japan Country Manager for New Zealand Crown Research Institute, GNS Science and a private company, Geo40.
He has been active in international business for 30 years, having gained an MBA from the University of Leicester.
He has worked for international companies, starting with one of the largest trading companies in Japan, - ITOCHU - and has experience in setting up Japan bases for international companies. He joined NZTE in Tokyo nine years ago, attracted by the similarities between the geography and people of New Zealand and Japan.
Since then, he has focused on continuing to support geothermal-related businesses in New Zealand, and now putting his experience and achievements to good use exclusively for Geo40 and GNS.
Imamura-san is the father to two grown sons and tells us that in his spare time, he can be found enjoying driving his Toyota hybrid car to visit various hot springs with his wife and his dog, Jerry.
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