Dear respected Members of the Austrian Business Council in Japan,
Dear ABC website Visitors,

I am honored and delighted to be part of the Austrian Business Council serving as the President over the next two years.

My background includes multiple international companies in Asia including Japan, and currently General Manager of Swarovski Japan.
I have been an active Executive Committee member for ABC over the years.

Together with the expertise of our ABC Executive Committee, we warmly welcome you and the Austrian business community, to endeavor interactive exchanges, and to provide professional support and assistance. On behalf of the ABC, I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to my predecessor Mr. Ivaylo Pulev for his dedication and leadership over the last term.

We are in the post pandemic era, where we see Japan’s economy and market trend recovering in different forms and shapes.
While we constantly hear adverse economic condition of Japan, with its stagnant economic growth projection, regulatory reforms, and aging population (and shrinking), it is obvious that Japan is still one of the most attractive free markets to invest and to operate business in, not only for its economic scale but also in developing frontier innovation and professional capabilities.

It is important for companies to be agile, in adapting according to its business environment while carefully monitoring consumer behaviors & interests in a sustainable way.

With the Osaka EXPO 2025 just around the corner, I trust we can continue to project great opportunities of growth across each business sectors.

Under these circumstances, the ABC will remain committed to be a sustainable, fair, and solution-oriented platform to provide you and companies support to stimulate innovation, and to foster the business and economic growth.

Truly looking forward in meeting you in person in one of the coming events.

Kind regards,




Masaki Suzuki

Former ABC presidents

2022 – 2024
Ivaylo PULEV
2020 – 2022
Harald ALGE
2012 – 2020
Kurt E. Sieber
2008 – 2012
Kurt E. Sieber