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Rare Earth Metals International - Our Team

REM International

REM International is operated by a management team of professionals with many years of hands on experience in both the scientific and mining communities and with a renowned track record of excellence. REM International’s management team fully embraces the principals of innovation and efficiency that are at the core of the company’s strategy.


Iwane Fukuhara - President and Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Fukuhara began his professional career working in the domestic coal mining industry in Japan. In 1986 he moved to Australia where he worked for Rio Tinto for 18 years. Mr. Fukuhara’s early career at Rio Tinto was focused on more process and technical roles at large scale mining operations throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea before moving into more senior, lead management positions. Mr. Fukuhura spent five years as a consultant before returning to Japan in 2011 to form REM International.

Mr. Fukuhara has a Masters Degree in Geology from Okayama University and a Masters of Business Administration from Victoria University.


Stephen Barr - Chief Financial Officer


Mr. Barr is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of corporate administration and financing experience. He has held senior management positions with publicly listed companies in both the U.K. and the United States, primarily in high tech. and mining companies.


Satoshi Tanaka - Exploration Manager


Mr. Tanaka is a geologist and oceanographer and an expert in marine mining with over 25 years of marine exploration in the resource industry, including 10 years at Nippon Oil, and has covered a diverse range of projects and commodities.


Wayne Harper - Director


Mr. Harper has more than 30 years of experience in mining and exploration geology and has worked on projects around the world and in many different terrains from northern Canada to the rainforest in Brazil. Mr. Harper holds a B.Sc. in Geology from Brown University. Before helping to found REM International, Mr. Harper was a consultant geologist at the Mountain Pass rare earthy facility in California.


Heizo Sonoda - Director


Mr. Sonoda is a corporate lawyer with over 15 years experience in environmental and natural resources law. He also has vast experience in acquisitions, financing and raising capital for mining operations. Mr. Sonoda holds a Bachelor of Laws from Kyushu University.