Spent over 30 years with Chori Corporation being a buyer for rare metals and then 20 years with AMJ, a rare metal specialized trading house which I founded from 2004
After running the company for 20 years I established UMC Resources in August 2022 with the aim to develop resource business in Central Asia.
I have been engaged in rare metal business mainly in China, Russia and the Central Asia and as a result, I visited 116 countries in total. Japan lacks rare metal inventories and thus necessary to secure resources, including precious metals to meet the industry needs. We aim to be a bridge between resource-rich countries and Japan to meet the national interest of both ends
Rare metals are used in EVs = electric vehicles and other vehicles towards decarbonization
However Japan relies on imports as it lacks resources
With resource prices soaring due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Japan also depends on Russia for much of its rare metals sourcing. Mr Shigeo Nakamura, former president of a trading company specialized in rare metals, whom TV Tokyo interviewed in 2004, stood up to this crisis.
In June, he headed for Kazakhstan in Central Asia. A place where Russia and China are competing to expand their influence. What can Japan do?” The “maverick” Mr Nakamura negotiates one after another in the region. The results are astonishing.
※Cited from: BS TV Tokyo, Back Number 1028, broadcasted 19 August 2022.
|UMC Ltd. (Urban Mines Co.,Ltd.)
|6F Verdi Hongo, 4-1-6 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
|1 September 2006
|1 April 2010
|8 million yen
|Mr. Jun Kawato, Representative Director
Overseas: Victoria Resources, Kyrgyzstan
|Import and wholesale of photovoltaic panels, racks and power conditioners
Investment in Kopel Plus Toddler school
|Establishment of UMC Corporation (import and wholesale of rare metals).
|Full-scale import and wholesale of photovoltaic components
|Head office relocated from Jowa Hongo Building to Verdi Hongo
|Four in-house solar power plants are in operation
|Started the Kopel Plus preschool business
|Three additional in-house solar power plants begin operations
|Expansion of the Kopel Plus toddler school business to six schools
|Five additional in-house solar power plants begin operations
|Established Kyrgyzstan subsidiary, Victoria Resources