Hirofumi Imataki was born in 1955 in Japan. He was one of the initial members of the GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group (NTWG) Japan established in 2010, and now serves as an external support representative to GLOBALG.A.P.

With his diversified background and specialized expertise, he offers valuable insights with respect to Japan. He holds a BSc degree in Agricultural Biology (University of Tokyo), and qualified as a Professional Engineer in Agriculture in 2014. In 2016, he also qualified as a Plant Doctor (Japanese Association of Clinical Plant Science).

Having been employed at Syngenta Japan as Manager and Stewardship Department Head from 2005 until 2015, he currently holds the stewardship lead position to promote the responsible use of crop protection products.

Mr. Imataki is convinced that food safety and sustainable agriculture are global issues. Therefore, there should be no borders of regulations, because food is marketed and distributed beyond geopolitical borders.

Japan tends to develop its own standards and technologies. But in the world of food safety and sustainable agriculture, such nation-specific rules or standards would not be necessary, as food is distributed globally. Mr. Imataki suggests that when one implements GLOBALG.A.P., one has the possibility with the GLOBALG.A.P. National Interpretation Guidelines to take Japanese market conditions and regulatory requirements into account.

Hirofumi Imataki lives in Japan, is married with Nabuko and has two adult sons and two cats.