(Photo Main entrance to the COLT Inzai-1 and Inzai-2 Data Centres, both of which I Project Managed.)

I finally decided to update my web pages and add information on my most current Data Centre projects and experience. The WordPress theme from “Styled Themes” used to create these pages is gratefully acknowledged.

There are just a handful of totally bilingual Construction Professionals in Japan with real world experience and I am privileged to be one of these few.

Having successfully completed major projects for companies such as DuPont, Hitachi, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aozora Bank (Cerbus), Kodak, COLT (Fidelity Investments Group) and others, I have had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of Construction, which is second to none. My projects commenced in the early 80’s with R&D facilities but very soon moved into the complex field of Data Centre design and project management.

“Issadeen san is without a doubt the leading figure in the Data Centre field in Japan today” – GRIX Conference organiser introduction

Being technically bilingual (Japanese/English), my projects in Japan have not been subject to the “Lost in Translation” phenomena. This major impediment to proper Project Management in Japan has not affected any of my projects.

My projects are run in Japanese and my on-site and off-site design meetings are done in Japanese only which greatly enhances the working environment for the project engineers and architects.

In this cost conscious environment, being able to negotiate with contractors and manufacturers is a skill that comes from many years of experience. A reputation for being tough but fair does have its advantages. In my projects I have achieved excellent prices, always below the estimates from the designers and quantity surveyors.

In my long career, I have been a guest speaker at several Data Centre specific conferences in Japan.

Speaking in Japanese to a very receptive audience is in itself a rewarding experience.

From 2013 for three years I was a member of the UPTIME Institute’s Panel of distinguished judges for the Ken Brill Awards.

I am active in community work and have operated the community website, www.ozlanka.com for the past 20 years as a volunteer. And to get away from it all, I enjoy cycling and ballroom dancing with my wife.