Mr. Kiat Shinno was born on February 22nd, 1929 in Bangkok. When he was 10 years old he moved to Japan and raised there through the 2nd World War. Mr. Shinno has a Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Engineering from Yokohama National University. When he returned to Bangkok, he started his career as an officer at the Japanese Embassy in Bangkok. Other than visa documentation, he was also responsible for the search of abandoning Japanese soldiers, and the reception of guests from Japan. In 1955 he went back to Japan and worked as an architect until he achieved architect level 1. He was married to a Japanese woman, whom he brought to stay in Thailand with him. Mr. Shinno had worked in Sojitz Co., Ltd. in 1961 until he was retired. At the present he works as a consultant for Sojitz, holds shares and provides consultation to many companies, including Lai Brothers.
2. Motto and Principles
Look ahead; never deceive others; do whatever I myself believe it is right, clinging onto discipline and honesty. When I heard people in my organization do illegal things, I directly gave them cautions and warm them to quit, and correct their own actions. When we do right things, we do not have to worry about getting arrested.
3. What is the worst thing in your life, and how did you conquer it?
Mr. Shinno personally feels that there is nothing special for this issue. As he is quite easy-going and optimistic, he always sees there is solution for every situation. When he thinks of the war time when he had seen a number of bodies, even now he cannot eliminate such impression. He feels that it shall be the worst, and it is not for only himself, but for everyone who encounters the same situation.
4. How do you see Thai society in terms of social and economic issues?
Thailand is a powerful country in agriculture, and it is the central business area in the Southeast Asia. Its future, therefore, seems bright. Particularly the country is full of agricultural resource. No matter how expensive the gas gets, people tend to have their way out for earning a living, which is quite advantageous for the country. In addition, the monarchy system centralizes hearts of its citizens, which strengthens the bond of its residents.
5. What would you like to say to the up coming generation ?
The relationship between Thailand and Japan has begun since Ayuthaya period. And the goodwill between the two countries has been made over 120 years. There are so many things in common between the two partners. Being a country with Buddhism as a major religion, or instance, King and Emperor governance, are 2 likely examples of similarities. It is, therefore, desirable that people in a younger generation of the two countries exchange our cultures and grow together.