Masahiko Hokano is currently the Chief Operating Officer & Board Member, L&T MHPS Boilers Private Limited. An ardent football fan and someone who loves travelling, we bring some insight into the life of Masahiko San.
Q:Tell us something about you and your family?
I was born in 1964. It’s been two years and five months since I came to India.
My wife, Ayako Hokano really loves India. She has visited India six times and loves Indian food. In fact, she likes it so much that she is spreading the excellences of Indian food in Nagasaki.
My elder son, Keita Hokano is 20 years old and is presently enjoying student life in Tokyo and playing football.
My younger son. Ryota Hokano, is 14 years old and is enjoying dorm life in Nagasaki. He also loves playing football.
Indian lunch plate
Q: When and how did you start your career?
I started my career with MHI way back in 1988 as a utility boiler performance engineer. Later, I was in charge of utility boilers performance design and IGCC PJ in Nakoso.
Q: What is your view about future of Thermal power in India and LMB’s future?
Judging from the economic growth of India, coal fired thermal plant projects will increase within a few years. It is impossible to manage increasing power demand in the country with renewable energy only. Solar power plant cannot generate power in the night and on cloudy days.
LMB’s future is bright because LMB will extend more capability outside India and extend after service sales such as SCR installation and low NOx modification to the existing boilers.
Customers always want high reliable and quality products with cost competitiveness and short delivery.
Hazira Factory visit
Q: How do you find India? How different or similar is Japanese culture to Indian culture?
India is a very large country. I have traveled to a lot of places in India and the impressions of all the different places are unique and different. Indians are logical and strong in discussion compared to the Japanese. Japan is a homogeneous community and the spirit of sympathy and compassion is the key thought there.
Q: Tell us something about your love for football?
I have been playing football since my junior high school days. My strong points were my speed and agility. So my main position is side attacker.
Players have to fight using skill and power, gained over time with training and hard work, and not using social position or money. I enjoy myself on the ground. I will continue playing football even in my 60’s and 70’s.
South Indian Japanese Cup in 2016
Q: Any other hobby which you pursue or are passionate about?
My hobbies are travelling, photography and bird watching. There are a lot of beautiful places and beautiful birds in India.
Ceylon Frogmouth in Kerala
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Q: What is your life mantra?
A true man is found in his place everywhere.
Q: Would you like to share any special memory of India?
I have travelled to Leh and Pangong Tso, which became famous after the movie “3 idiots” in June, last year. This lake is so beautiful that I thought it was from a different world.
Q: What’s your advice/suggestion/message to LMB’s budding engineers?
It is easy to get a large amount of knowledge from the Internet. However, experience without learning is better than learning without experience. You should try different things even if those are not from your field.