Satoru Mimura is new J-PRISM chief advisor

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A) has announced the appointment of Satoru Mimura as the new chief advisor to the Regional Project on Solid Waste Management.

Mr. Mimura will be working in Samoa for the remaining 16 months of the second phase of the five-year project (2017 – 2022). The Government of Japan through the J.I.C.A funds the technical cooperation project. 

Born in Sagamihara City, Japan, he grew up in the southern suburb of Tokyo before attending Tokyo University of Science where he earned a Bachelor in Engineering. 

Mr. Mimura also studied at The Open University of Japan and obtained a Master Degree in Arts. 

His hobbies include yoga, running and swimming. He is married to Satomi Mimura. They have three children (2 boys and a girl). His two boys went to Vaiala Beach School while the family lived in Samoa. 

According to a J.I.C.A media release, Mr. Mimura is passionate about sustainable development and protecting the environment and he stated that since his first posting to Samoa, sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) in the Pacific has been his main interest. 

He stated that after that posting, he had worked as a Director of the Pacific Program and Global Environment of JICA Headquarter. 

The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami changed his life and since the disaster, he had spent most of my days in the restoration of Fukushima and other cities affected by the disaster. 

According to him, ten years have passed since the disaster and he changed his life again, returning to the Pacific.

As the new chief advisor, he will utilize his experience in providing technical advice on solid waste management to J-PRISM member countries in the Pacific.

Prior to this appointment, Mimura worked for JICA over a quarter century with overseas posting to JICA Samoa Office as Assistant Resident Representative from 1999 – 2002. Mr. Mimura also worked for the Ministry of Environment of Japan from 2004 – 2006.

He is a specially appointed Professor of Fukushima University and an appointed member of expert panel for the ninth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 9).

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