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Greeting from Martin Glatz  - new Commercial Counsellor in Tokyo


After 8 years as Commercial Counsellor in Tokyo Mr. Ernst Laschan has handed over his position to Mr. Martin Glatz and retired from the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. At the reception on 24.06.2010 around 140 people came to say farewell to Mr. Laschan and to welcome the new Commercial Counsellor Mr. Glatz.

On July 1st 2010 I had the honour to assume the position as Head of the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy in Japan.

Let me start by thanking my predecessor Ernst Laschan.
In my capacity as Regional Director Asia-Pacific of the Austrian Foreign Trade Organisation I had the opportunity to observe the dedication and professionalism with which Ernst Laschan approached his job. Together with his equally devoted team he explored new opportunities for Austrian companies in areas which had previously not been given adequate attention. The many activities of his office during the Austria-Japan Year 2009 contributed to a much clearer perception in Japan of what Austria can offer as a business partner.

I would be ill advised, indeed, not to continue on this path.
We will keep identifying niches in which Austrian companies have a potential to excel. Assisting Austrian providers of sophisticated machinery, equipment and components for Japan’s constantly innovating industry has always been a focus. Fostering technology co-operation has to be another priority with environmentally friendly solutions, health and life sciences serving as concrete examples. We will further encourage Austrian suppliers of high quality consumer goods such as food specialties and fine wines - but also Austrian designers to explore the Japanese market. This list doesn’t end here and a busy schedule for the remaining months of this year bears witness of our immediate efforts.
Our good intentions rely ultimately on the support of people like you who take a keen interest in maintaining and strengthening the many ties which define the relationship between the Austrian and the Japanese economy.
I hope that you will enjoy reading this and look forward to meeting you personally in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
Martin Glatz
Commercial Counsellor