Masaki Miyaji

Mr Masaki Miyaji (Japan) is the mayor of Tobetsu-cho and a senior corporate advisor for Mitsubishi and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Until recently, he also served as an advisor to four presidents in Africa.

Immediately after graduating from Waseda University in 1965, Mr Miyaji joined Mitsubishi Corporation.

In Africa he was involved in trading chromium, manganese and platinum etc. From 1991 to 1998, as the general manager of the company’s Johannesburg Branch in South Africa, Mr Miyaji coordinated a challenging aluminium smelting project in Mozambique called MOZAL from the beginning stages. This project has now grown into one of the largest aluminium smelters in the world. Due to his contribution to the company’s business development in Africa, he was promoted to CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation European Head Quarters and Chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation (UK) PLC in the UK, where he continued to contribute to development business in Africa.

Because of his strong experience and deep knowledge of business development in Africa, Mr Miyaji has been appointed as a member of the presidential advisory committees in several African countries such as South Africa, Niger, Tanzania and Ghana, as well as a member of the UN secretary General’s advisory Panel on International Support for NEPAD (SAPIS-NEPAD).

Since his retirement as Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation in 2004, Mr Miyaji has been appointed as Mitsubishi’s advisor for the company’s African business, and in addition, he has been privately appointed as a visiting senior advisor of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Mr Miyaji and Dr Ribbink were introduced by Ambassador Ngubane, then South African Ambassador to Japan when Dr Ribbink was visiting Japan to lecture on the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme.

Mr Miyaji is an excellent advisor and strong supporter of SST, providing wisdom, experience and valuable guidance.

Masaki Miyaji & SST

Mr Miyaji Discussing The Future With Dr Ribbink

Dr Ribbink and Mr Miyaji discussing coelacanth research in Tokyo when they first met. At that time Mr Miyaji was an Honorary Consul for the South African Embassy in Tokyo. This association grew into a friendship which culminated in Mr Miyaji becoming an overseas trustee of SST in 2008 and then the SST Patron in Japan in 2012.

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