ABOUT US

GROUP INFORMATION

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GROUP INFORMATION

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Main Business Areas:
  • Investment into sustainable energy
  • Sustainable energy project creation and management
  • Management of investments into sustainable energy
  • Engineering of sustainable energy plants (design, procurement & construction)
  • Surveying of sustainable energy resources
  • Electricity trading
  • Solutions for enhancing power infrastructure resilience, such as microgrids and energy storage; construction of regional autonomous power systems on remote islands
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Group employees
195 (as of November 1st, 2020)
Group companies
GPSS Holdings Inc.
GPSS Engineering Inc.
Sustainable Society Investment Management (SSIM) Inc.
KTM Infrastructure Corporation
Geothermal Development & Investment Inc.
Japan Wind-Power Service Inc.
Japan Hydro-Power Development Inc.
Japan Bio Methane Inc.
Mirai Society Inc.
CIS Japan Business Consulting Inc.
GPSS Energy Product Inc.
Geoscience Enterprise Inc.
GPSS Taiwan Co., Ltd
Co-Representative Director
Masaaki Mezaki Takahiro Kurata
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DIRECTORS

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    Masaaki Mezaki

    GPSS Holdings Inc. Co-Representative Board Director & CEO
    GPSS Engineering Inc. Board Director
    CIS Japan Business Consulting Inc. Co-Representative Board Director

    Graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Keio University. Master of Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, and was an interest rate derivative trader for Merrill Lynch working in Tokyo, New York and London. After leaving Merrill Lynch, travelled to more than 100 countries around the world for nearly 10 years. In 2012, set up Japan Megasolar Inc. to achieve grid parity with photovoltaic power generation. Looking to the development of renewable energy business, changed the company name to GPSS Holdings Inc. in April 2017. Also conducts educational activities for dissemination of renewable energy information through various media.

    Books: “Happy Developing Country Nippon” (Aspect) etc. Radio: FM Yokohama (84.7 MHz) “Baile Yokohama” Every Sunday from 21: 30 Radio Japan (1442 kHz) “Mezaki Masaaki’s Happy Wedge” Every Friday from 25: 30 rfc Radio Fukushima (90.8 MHz) Every Tuesday from 9: 15 Website: http://www.mezaki.info

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    Takahiro Kurata

    CEO & Representative Director of Geothermal Development & Investment, Inc. (GDI), Grid Parity Financial Solutions, Inc. (GPFS), Japan Hydro-Power Development, Inc. (JHD), CIS Business Consulting, Inc. and Japan Wind Service, Inc. (JWS)
    CEO & Representative of Japan Green Climate Capital, LLC. (JGCC)
    Advisory Board Member of Logic Ladder Technologies Private Limited (India)

    Received degree in Physics from Tokyo University of Science, Advanced Management Programme of INSEAD(Fontainebleau) and Renewables of Green Power Academy(London), and was employed as a rates derivative trader for Merrill Lynch and as a fund manager at Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund, based in both Tokyo and New York, holding the position of head of rates trading for 20 years. Also worked as an advisor of Mr. Eitaro Itoyama (senior Senator with 29 years in office and Forbes ranker) and as a board member of Mr. Itoyama’s organization for more than 5 years. After retiring from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, joined and formed the GPSS group in order to raise the rate of energy self-efficiency in Japan, as well as similar island nation states, by utilizing a combination of renewable energy (photovoltaic, geothermal, hydro, wind as well as biogas power) and serves as head of business in the group.

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    Kensuke Kita

    GPSS Holdings Inc. Director
    GPSS Engineering Inc. Manager of Engineering Department

    Joined Chemical Bank (currently JP Morgan Chase) Tokyo Branch in 1989. Responsible for market creation in foreign exchange trading and arbitrage trading of financial derivatives. Upon leaving the branch, then pursued trading at Merrill Lynch. In 1998, he became a disciple at a wooden boat shipyard and succeeded in building his own boat. In 2002 he then undertook an internet gaming venture. In 2008, re-entered Keio University and studied architectural design under Kazuyo Sejima. Joined GPSS’s predecessor company in 2014 and engaged in the design of highly economically rational solar power plants based on his experience in finance and IT / architecture. Also, with great yet rewarding effort, introduced to Japan the GPS automatic pile driving machine using 3D layout plan data. Hobby: sailing (International 14-class); [participated in the world championships seven times.

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    Tatsuya Teraoka

    GPSS Holdings Inc. Director & Compliance Officer

    Graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo in 2006 and joined the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, pursuing corporate sales and compliance-related work. Joined ORSO Co., Ltd. in 2013 and engaged in project management work related to the production of content for smartphones. Joined GPSS Holdings Co., Ltd. in 2017, also engaging in project management work; has been in current position since November 2019.

EXTERNAL DIRECTOR

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    Hiroshi Nonomiya

    GPSS Holdings Inc.External Director

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    Takeshi Kadota

    GPSS Holdings Inc.External Director

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    Hikari Imai

    GPSS Holdings Inc.External Director

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    Yasuhiko Matsumoto

    GPSS Holdings Inc.External Auditor

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    Hiroshi Nonomiya

    GPSS Holdings Inc.External Director

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    Takeshi Kadota

    GPSS Holdings Inc.External Director

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    Hikari Imai

    GPSS Holdings Inc.External Director

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    Yasuhiko Matsumoto

    GPSS Holdings Inc.External Auditor

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Hiroshi Nonomiya

GPSS Holdings Inc.
External Director

Joined the famed Mitsubishi Corporation in 1974, as a member of the the Iron Ore Department. Upon obtaining an MBA from the European Business School (INSEAD) in 1981, joined the Investment Summary, Examination Division of Mitsubishi Corporation. Member of the planning staff on European Mitsubishi Corporation invested in Europe and Africa Strategy since 1986. Established MCF Financial Services (London) in 1990 and assumed the position of advisory president of business of acquisitions between Japan and Europe, Merchant · banking investment in Europe, LBO finance etc. Non-dye business In 1994, he returned to Mitsubishi Corporation headquarters and founded an investment company in Asia, promoted private equity investment, promoted advisory work in China and Asia, moved to Ripple wood Holdings (New York) since 1996. In 1999, as a founding member of Nippon Fund’s Japan base set up by Ripple wood, participated in management of RHJ Inn 2005 Appointed over the National Representative Director.
Participated in Crosspoint Advisors, an independent advisory firm, gathered from global investment banks and general trading companies since 2012. He is engaged in advisory business on cross border M & A, business revitalization advice, fund placement support and others.
· Crosspoint Advisors Corporation, Representative Director
· Joyful Co., Ltd. Honda, Outside Director
· General Association Social Investment Partners, Founding Director
· Music Masters Course of the General Association, Director
· Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (Singapore), Outside Director
· Waseda University Business School, part-time lecturer (in charge of business revitalization)

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Takeshi Kadota

GPSS Holdings Inc.
External Director

Engaged for almost 30 years in various capital market and investment banking activities, including private equity investments and corporate finance services. As Senior Vice President, Division Chief Operating Officer, managed the Financial Services Division of Mitsubishi Corporation. Advisor of Financial Products Group Co. and a corporate auditor to Japanese corporations, including The Hachijuni (82) Bank. Former visiting professor and lecturer in the field of business administration at the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
H. Lawrence Hull, Jr. Leadership Awardee and a lifetime member of Pacific Pension Institute and former member of the Board of Directors.
B.A. in Law, University of Tokyo, Japan (1971) M.B.A, Stanford University (1981)
· President of Kadota & Co., Inc.
· Representative Director of Institute of Corporate Governance, Japan
· Corporate Auditor of The Hachijuni (82) Bank

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Hikari Imai

GPSS Holdings Inc.
External Director

Previously involved in investment banking for over 30 years, including at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, since first joining Yamaichi in 1974. Served as financial advisor for many major Japanese corporations and financial institutions. Retired as Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Japan in 2005. Has been engaged in the management of industrial corporations including Ebara Foods, Olympus, Pacific Metal, Cyberdyne and 3DOM as outside board director, as well as at other corporations.  Also served as president at Recof, a boutique M&A advisory firm, from 2008 through 2010. Lectured on M&A for Executive MBA at Aoyama Gakuin University from 2010-2013.

B.A. in Economics, Keio University (1974) MBA, Columbia University (1980)
· Outside Director of PACIFIC METALS CO.,LTD.
· Outside Director of CYBERDYNE, INC.
· Chairman of 3DOM Inc.

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Yasuhiko Matsumoto

GPSS Holdings Inc.
External Auditor

In 1975, Yasuhiko Matsumoto joined Sanwa Bank, Ltd. He worked in the banking department for 30 years, after which he was involved in mergers, later becoming the Iidabashi Branch Manager. In 2002, he also served as the Executive Officer of UFJ Bank, Ltd., and First General Secretary. In 2004, he became the Managing Executive Officer.

In 2006, he joined Takashimaya Co., Ltd. He operated in a wide range of areas including Planning, Management, Sales, CSR, IT, Reform Promotion, and Overseas Development. In 2009, he became the Managing Director followed by the position of Senior Managing Director (representative director) in 2010. Finally, in 2014, he became the President of Toshin Development Co., Ltd, and retired from this role in 2018. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics, Keio University (1975).

ADVISORY BOARD

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    Masami Udagawa

    GPSS Holdings Inc.Advisory Board

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    Yasuhito Omori

    GPSS Holdings Inc.Advisory Board

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    Shuhei Miyamoto

    GPSS Holdings Inc.Advisory Board

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    Kenji Fujii

    GPSS Holdings Inc.Advisory Board

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    Masami Udagawa

    GPSS Holdings Inc.Advisory Board

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    Yasuhito Omori

    GPSS Holdings Inc.Advisory Board

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    Shuhei Miyamoto

    GPSS Holdings Inc.Advisory Board

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    Kenji Fujii

    GPSS Holdings Inc.Advisory Board

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Masami Udagawa

GPSS Holdings Inc.
Advisory Board

Masami Udagawa has extensive experience in the operation and maintenance of electric power substations in central Tokyo and the construction of suburban substations (154-500kV) through working at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.(TEPCO). He is also highly skilled and has know-how in managing safety and holds a qualification as a first-class electricity chief engineer. He is a graduate of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tokyo Denki University.

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Yasuhito Omori

GPSS Holdings Inc.
Advisory Board

Yasuhito Omori joined the Ministry of Finance in 1981. After working on budgeting and tax affairs, he has been involved in financial administration for 20 years since 1995, in reforming and executing financial systems related to banks and securities markets. He drafted the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and revised the Money Lending Business Act. After serving concurrently at the Reconstruction Agency after the Great East Japan Earthquake, he retired from the Financial Services Agency in 2015 after being the Secretary General of the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission. After his retirement, he worked as a corporate advisor, external director, among other roles while engaging in writing, lectures, and other speech activities that have continued since the days of being an administrative officer (Advisor of Dai-ichi Life Institute Research Inc., Director of AirTrip Corp., Special advisor of OKWAVE, Inc., Auditor of BITOCEAN, INC., etc.). While traveling abroad, he contemplates Japanese finance, the Japanese economy, and the Japanese way of life. Born in 1958, he is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo (1981).
Authored works
Kinyuu shisutemu wo kangaeru [Think about the financial system]. Tokyo: Kinzai.
Kasumigaseki kara nagameru syoukenshijo no fuukei [The scenery of the securities market seen from Kasumigaseki]. Tokyo: Kinzai.

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Shuhei Miyamoto

GPSS Holdings Inc.
Advisory Board

Shuhei Miyamoto joined Nippon Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. in 1979. He was engaged in engineering related to oil and natural gas development. After working in Saudi Arabia, he supported the local operation of offshore oil field development in Bohai Sea in China. After that, he provided advisory services to the Ministry of Petroleum and state-owned oil companies, where he consulted with Export-Import Bank of Japan, JICA, Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC), and other trading companies. In 1998, he was transferred to Teikoku Oil Co., Ltd. as Director and General Manager of the Office, where he was in charge of overall business planning domestic planning of natural gas business and was also responsible for the development of trunk pipeline networks and LNG introduction plans.
In 2006, he oversaw the business’ integration with INPEX CORPORATION. He has been in charge of INPEX CORPORATION since 2011 as Managing Executive Officer and Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Division, also as the General Manager of America & Africa Business Division from 2012.
In 2018, he became the Managing director of Sakhalin Oil & Gas Development Co., Ltd.
He is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo (1979) and obtained an MBA from the Yale University School of Management in 1993.
Current positions:
– INPEX CORPORATION | Special Counselor
– Sakhalin Oil & Gas Development Co., Ltd. | Managing Director

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Kenji Fujii

GPSS Holdings Inc.
Advisory Board

After joining the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan in 1981 and working at the Ikebukuro Branch and Second Department of Sales, in 1987 Kenji Fujii completed an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1991, he was transferred to The Long-Term Credit Bank of International (UK) where he joined the financial risk management team.
He joined the Sanwa Bank, Ltd. in 1998 as the manager of Risk Management Department of Sanwa Securities. In 2004, he became the General Manager of UFJ Holdings, Inc., and the General Manager of the Risk Management Department of UFJ Bank, Ltd.
In 2006, with the establishment of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG), he became Deputy General Manager of the Risk Management Department and General Manager of Basel II Promotion Office.
He also joined Aozora Bank, Ltd. in 2007 as Senior Managing Executive Officer and Chief Market Risk Officer.
In 2008, he joined Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. as General Manager of the Risk Management Department.
In 2011, he became an Executive Officer, Global Risk Management Head.
In 2014, he remains in the same position as Director. Thereafter in 2017, he became the Managing Director, Global Risk Management Head, Risk Management Group Head, and Research and Consulting Unit Head.
In 2019, he was the Managing Executive Officer, Head of Global Risk Management, Head of Risk Management Group, Head of Research and Consulting Unit.
In 2020, he established the Global Risk and Governance LLC and became a representative.
He has mainly been engaged in financial risk management practices for the past 25 years. Currently, he supports the development of risk management systems at financial institutions. He is also a Co-representative at the Tokyo Risk Managers’ Roundtable.

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Group Locations

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Tokyo

Shibakoen ND Bldg. 6F, 2-5-10 Shiba,
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0014, Japan

+81-3-6435-2391

Sapporo

8-3-6 Kita 35 Jo Nishi, Kita-ku
Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 001-0035, Japan

+81-11-374-8712

Tohoku

〒980-0021
SS Steel Sendaiekimae Bldg. 5-C, 3-6-7 Aoba-ku,
Sendai-shi, Miyagi 980-0021, Japan

+81-22-302-7072

Kyushu

Hakata Kindai Bldg. 9F, 1-1-33 Hakataekihigashi,
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 812-0013, Japan

+81-92-409-3409