Opening of a new Honorary Consulate of Switzerland in Fukuoka

Press releases, 01.11.2022

The Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, Dr. Andreas Baum, is pleased to announce that a new Honorary Consulate of Switzerland has opened in Fukuoka.

The post will provide support for Swiss citizens, strengthen Switzerland’s presence in this dynamic region, and foster exchanges in the field of politics, economics, science, education, culture and sport. Ms. Joëlle Karin SAMBUC BLOISE, PhD, has been appointed as Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Fukuoka. She has taken her functions on October 1, 2022.

The Honorary Consulate will focus in particular on tasks related to export and investment promotion as well as education, research and innovation. In recent years, Fukuoka has developed into an important center for start-ups and entrepreneurship, with potential for Switzerland as well. Other tasks of the Honorary Consulate will include support for Swiss citizens in need, support in cases of consular protection / social assistance, life certificates for Old Age Pensions, support for the Embassy in crisis situations, support for preparations for official visits from Switzerland and the Embassy and development of a local network.

Joëlle Sambuc Bloise is a Swiss citizen living in Fukuoka who founded the consulting company IKKYU G.K. with her husband and two other associates. Active in the consulting business for international business development since 2010, she is also specialized in green tea export. The Swiss Business Hub in Japan regularly works with her as an expert. She knows both Switzerland and the needs of Swiss people in Japan, which makes her an excellent interlocutor for the Embassy and for visitors to Japan. She holds a PhD in Law and a Swiss Bar Certification passed in Geneva. Dr. Sambuc Bloise is also a lecturer in European Law Institutions at Seinan Gakuin University (Fukuoka).

Honorary Consulate of Switzerland in Fukuoka

Chisan Mansion Daini Tenjin, Room 909
4-5-10 Tenjin
Fukuoka, 810-0001
phone number (landline) +81 92 211 1110
telefax number +81 92 211 1110

For media inquiries:

+81 3 5449 8437 (Yuko Takahashi, Communications and Culture Section, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan)