The new head of Mitsubishi's overseas operations, Hiroshi Harunari, is no stranger to the European auto industry.
During the 1980s and '90s he held sales positions with the company in France, the Netherlands and Germany. He returned to Japan in 1996 and a year later was appointed general manager of the company's motor vehicle equipment and component business.
In 2000, he became project leader of Mitsubishi's international alliance team. Prior to becoming head of overseas operations in April this year, Harunari was executive officer and corporate general manager of
Mitsubishi group's corporate strategy office.
An avid reader, Harunari is a big fan of the German space adventure series Perry Rhodan.
Name: Hiroshi Harunari.
Title: Mitsubishi Motors Corp. managing director, overseas operations.
Languages: Japanese, English and German.
Family: Wife, Tomoko; daughter, Makiko, 25.
Countries lived in: Japan, France, Germany, Netherlands.
Education: Graduated from Tokyo University in 1973 with a master's degree in mechanical engineering.
First car: Mitsubishi Galant.
What is in your garage now?
If you could work on another industry what would it be?
What is the most fun you had last year that had nothing to do with your job?
Reading a new volume from the German space adventure series Perry Rhodan.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To solve all burdens I have.
Which phrase do you use too much?
Nothing is impossible.
What is your greatest fear?
Becoming blind and unable to read.
What trait do you dislike in yourself?
I talk too much.
What trait do you dislike in others?
Not talking enough.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Continually buying new books.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Any place that serves very good Japanese sake.
What was the greatest holiday you ever had?
A three-week driving holiday that took us all around the UK.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to communicate with all the people of the world without any problem.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I wouldn't change anything.
What is the greatest challenge facing you?
To read another 10,000 books before I die.
Where would you most like to live?
What are you good at?
I communicate well with others.
Who is your real-life hero?