Shimadzu Forestry Staff
“Industry Leaders in Forestry”
I wanted to do work related to nature, so I decided to study forestry at university. When I graduated I wanted to stay in Kagoshima, so I took part in a research seminar being held by Kagoshima Prefecture. That’s when I came across Shimadzu Limited. I was impressed not only by the large area of forest that they manage, but also by the many other departments they have working in a wide variety of different fields. I heard that forestry needed more young people, and decided to apply for a job at Shimadzu Limited.
Most of my work at present involves managing the forests owned by Shimadzu Limited. At present we manage an area of approximately 2,500 hectares. We take care of the forests in collaboration with projects carried out by both the prefecture and the national government. When applying for funding from the government, the kind of terrain that the forest is on affects the application process, so we have to work flexibly to achieve the funding we need. The funding process also changes from time to time, so we always need to keep up to date with the latest changes. We also take contracts to manage forest on the behalf of other companies, and maintain a relationship with our partners and companies that purchase raw materials from us.