Nobuki Sugihara

As the only surviving child of Chiune Sugihara, who saved many Jews from Nazi persecution by issuing "Visas for Life," Mr. Sugihara has held lectures around the world on the importance of supporting refugees and world peace. Those saved by Sugihara are called “Sugihara Survivors” and when all of their descendants are included, there are now more than 100,000 members, and Nobuki is invited to the survivors’ meetings every year. Larry Silverstein of Silverstein Properties, who owns $10 billion (¥1.3 trillion) worth of real estate (including the new World Trade Center), is [one of the survivors among his acquaintances]. There are many other prominent real estate owners [and other notables such as Leo Melamed] in the survivors’ group, and based on this we can expect the further development of our global business.

After studying economics, business administration, and the Hebrew language at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he joined A. Moldawski in 1972, a company of diamonds in Israel. After returning to Japan and learning about the diamond market in [Japan Israel], he expanded his activities to Ramat Gan, Antwerp, Bombay, and New York, where he was involved in the import and export of diamonds.
In 1989, he founded and served as CEO of Belgodia, a diamond mining, import/export, and venture capital company in Belgium. During his tenure as CEO, he established polishing plants in Antwerp, Newcastle, and Bangkok, and grew the company to employ 530 polishing technicians.
He also established Filon SARL in Madagascar and ABC Diamonds in Belgium, serving as CEO of both companies.
Mr. Sugihara is not only an experienced international businessman, but has also worked tirelessly to support refugees and other humanitarian causes.

Based on his valuable experience, we believe that Mr. Nobuki Sugihara will contribute to Fujitec's long-term growth by providing us with the advice we need to develop our global business and by helping us formulate appropriate policies from an ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) perspective.

Detailed Biography

1989CEO of Belgotia BVBA
1997CEO of Filon SARL
2000CEO of ABC Diamonds BVBA
2018Honorary Advisor of The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Foundation, General Incorporated Association (to present)



I am writing to express my keen interest in the position of External Director at Fujitec Japan. Having learned about the remarkable legacy and values upheld by your esteemed organization, I am inspired to contribute my skills, experiences, and perspective to the company's continued growth and success.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nobuki Sugihara, the son of the late Chiune Sugihara, a diplomat who served as Vice-Consul for Japan in Lithuania during World War II. My father, often referred to as "Japan's Schindler," risked his own life and career to save thousands of Jewish refugees by providing them with life-saving visas against the orders of his superiors. His selfless acts of courage and compassion have left an indelible mark on my life, shaping my values and instilling in me a deep sense of social responsibility.

While my background may not be directly related to the elevator and escalator industry, I believe that my unique perspective, leadership qualities, and commitment to ethical decision-making make me an ideal candidate for the role of an External Director. Throughout my career, I have gained extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate governance, and stakeholder management.

I have spent the past 50 years working positions at various multinational organizations, where I have had the opportunity to navigate complex business landscapes and drive positive change. In these roles, I have consistently demonstrated my ability to collaborate effectively with diverse teams, develop innovative solutions, and foster a culture of integrity and transparency. I have also established various companies with manufacturing facilities in different parts of the world.

One of the key reasons I am drawn to Fujitec Japan is the company's reputation for excellence and its commitment to customer satisfaction. I believe that by combining my expertise in corporate governance with Fujitec's strong emphasis on quality and service, we can further enhance the company's standing as a global leader in the industry. As an External Director, I am confident in my ability to provide valuable insights and contribute to the strategic decision-making process, ensuring that Fujitec Japan remains at the forefront of innovation and maintains its unwavering commitment to ethical business practices.

Furthermore, I am deeply passionate about giving back to society and making a positive impact on the lives of others. Building on my father's legacy, I have actively participated in various charitable initiatives and humanitarian projects. I strongly believe in Fujitec's corporate social responsibility initiatives and would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the company's efforts in creating a sustainable and inclusive future.

I am impressed by Fujitec Japan's achievements and the company's commitment to excellence, innovation, and ethical conduct. As an External Director, I am eager to work closely with the board and management team, leveraging my expertise and values to help guide Fujitec Japan toward continued success.