Takashi SuzukiJapan

Takashi Suzuki graduated from Hokkaido University, Japan in 1974 with a Bachelors degree in Law. He joined Sumitomo Bank and served in the International Department spending several years in the London office. In a radical departure from traditional Japanese norms, he then left the bank to co-manage a British management training organization.

From there, he moved back into banking as vice president with Lazard Frere and subsequently as Managing Director of Japan Asia Investment Co.Ltd.. Takashi joined Mees Pierson, the Dutch investment bank, in 1998 as the MD for Hong Kong. He left the bank, moved back to Tokyo and is currently the Managing Director of T Investment & Co, his own venture capital company

He now acts as a consultant on Japanese business culture.

Satoru FuruyaJapan

Satoru Furuya is Professor of Cultural and Communication studies at Musashino University in Tokyo. He is involved in research and teaching in the areas of culture and communication studies, especially focused on notions of individualism and collectivism. His doctoral thesis on this subject is soon to be published in Japan. Before his move into the academic world, Professor Furuya spent over twenty years in Kenkyusha the prestigious Japanese publishing company and was responsible for producing a wide range of magazines and books in the linguistic and cultural field.

He now acts as a consultant to EAB on Japanese business culture.

Olivier van BenedenJapan

Enriched by his experiences in Japan and Japanese companies, Olivier van Beneden founded Japan Consulting Office to enhance mutual understanding between Europe and Japan. Active in the Japanese community in Brussels (chairman and member of the Friendship and Business committees of the Belgium-Japan Association and Chamber of Commerce), Olivier is familiar with the challenges that Japanese and Europeans face in working together.

He is a graduate of Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium, and the University of Kansai (MA) in Osaka, Japan. He lived in Japan for more than six years, working primarily in the consulting industry (PricewaterhouseCoopers). Upon returning to Belgium, he worked in a management position in the European headquarters of Bridgestone before starting Japanese Consulting office. Olivier is fluent in French, Dutch, English and Japanese.

Olivier is East Asia Business’ first Partner in mainland Europe.

Honami MatsutaniJapan

Honami Matsutani moved from his native Japan to the UK in 1978 and has spent most of his career in the financial technology sector. He has held a series of senior positions with well-known financial application vendors in the UK. In the late 1990s he co-owned a specialist software house, providing the investment banking communities in Europe and Asia with risk-based capital reporting systems.

In 2000 he sold the business and joined the European corporate development team of ‘Fortune 500’ where he was responsible for identifying acquisition and joint-venture opportunities and managing changes associated with the consolidation process outside North America.

Honami is now focussing more on people development – he has designed and facilitated a number of performance enhancing training programmes in Europe and Japan.

Honami is bi-lingual in English and Japanese and attained a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from The Open University and an MBA from Henley Management College