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Minoru Kawahara

Deputy General Manager, Aviation Business Department
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

Minoru Kawahara has a lot of experience in aviation for nearly 30 years.  Before taking the current position as of Apr. 1, 2018, he was Director, Head of Finance, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (“MITAC”) for 6 years.  He started his career in 1990 at Mitsubishi Corporation, the largest trading firm in Japan, and has been continuously in charge of aircraft finance/leasing business since then, through which he established the broad network in the industry.  He had handled various kinds of transactions until he became one of the original members of MC Aviation Partners (“MCAP”) at its establishment in 1998.  He played several important roles there such as marketing/remarketing (when based in New York and London in 2006 through 2009 as General Manager), contract negotiation as well as global head of Capital Market Team.  Then he got seconded to MITAC in 2012 as Head of Finance and promoted sales support finance of MRJ closely working with all major financial institutions including ECAs, commercial banks, operating lessors in and outside Japan.  He is a graduate of University of Tokyo Faculty of Law.

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