I’m the only Japanese person in the company. The vice president director is French, while the other 20 employees are all Indonesian. Since the world of business is inherently unpredictable, good communication is a crucial part of being a good manager. I try to create an open and friendly atmosphere where people feel free to talk to me about any problems they may have.
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is when an employee expresses appreciation for the advice I’ve given them after we’ve had a one-on-one talk. I’m not a native English speaker and nor are they, so frank communication can sometimes be a little difficult. Still, if you put in the time, you can make a heart-to-heart connection. It’s definitely worth it.
My job is to make sure that everyone else does their job precisely and effectively. This triggers a virtuous circle, where the company gets better and better because every single individual is doing their job right.
Because the average age in Indonesia is low, at around 30 years old, you feel this huge sense of potential there. I want to play my part in helping the country grow in the right direction and I hope that Japan will play an even bigger role in Indonesia’s economic growth in the future. Japanese businesses have a considerable presence in Indonesia and make a clear economic contribution. There are also Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers contributing at a personal level all around the country. At Paiton Energy, we participate in a scholarship program for sending less well-off youngsters to school. That sort of social contribution is something we would like to do more of.
Paiton, where the power plants are located, is a village in East Java, four hours by car from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city. The power plants tend to employ people who have made a conscious decision to stay near their homes in the country rather than migrate to the big city. We have internship programs with local universities and try to hire their best students.
Interviewed September 2015