Honorary Chairman, the late Toshihiko Satake, son of the founder, was also an authority on Palm plants. His interest began when he was given a sapling of Livistona when he was 23 years old. He became fascinated by the palm and this stimulated his desire to know all about it.
However, at that time, since he found there were no available reference sources, he undertook to carry out his own studies.
Starting out as a hobby, he eventually studied palms for more than half a century until he became an internationally recognised authority on the subject.