If you travel to Kyushu, Japan’s third largest island, you can find Fukuoka city. Ranked as the seventh most liveable city in the world in 2016 by Monocle magazine, it is well recognised for its access to nature, transportation, affordable rent and culinary options. On top of that, Fukuoka will be one of the 12 cities to be hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Surely these reasons alone make Fukuoka highly attractive and definitely worth looking out for, but if that isn’t enough- it is becoming notorious for its budding start up scene.
Throughout my time in Japan I started to become more and more familiar with different quiet and workable spaces in Tokyo. Sometimes you can be much more productive if you are in the right environment. After doing some research and visiting a few places, I was able to compile a list of a few coworking spaces or coffee shops that offer the option of being able to get work done without having to be confined to your cramped hotel room.
With blossoming beauty and technology industries, and many favouring their careers over family life, the average Japanese consumer has more disposable income than their European counterparts. An open-minded youth culture combined with curiosity for the West makes Japan an ideal market for foreign e-commerce.
Daniel Ede of the Nuclear team within UKTI Japan's Strategic Trade department explains what the restart of Sendai nuclear power plant in Kyushu means for Japan, and explores potential openings for companies in the Japanese nuclear energy market.
Tom Jackson, First Secretary Head of Economics & Trade Policy, British Embassy Tokyo, examines the benefits of having a corporate governance code and the impact that the Tokyo International Stock Exchange's newly introduced corporate governance code will have on UK businesses.
Henry Tan, Representative Director of Tricor K.K. shares his thoughts on some of the hurdles to market entry that any foreign national with experience can relate to. Here are the most common barriers and what can be done about them.
Henry Tan, Representative Director of Tricor K.K. has helped companies of all industries enter the Japanese market over the past decade. In this blog post, he examines the impact of the recent abolishment of the rule requiring companies to appoint a "local representative" by the Ministry of Justice.
Emanuele Militello from the British Embassy's Science and Innovation Team delves into the exciting research that the UK is pioneering within the field of Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Read more about this rapidly growing industry.
Patrick Bannister, Head of the Science & Innovation team at the Consulate-General in Osaka provides insights into the exciting and promising field of regenerative medicine and the wealth of opportunities available to UK companies seeking collaboration with Japan.
Gerhard Fasol, founder of the technology business development firm Eurotechnology Japan KK provides an in-depth account of what UK companies can expect from the upcoming changes in Japan's energy market.
Sue Kinoshita, Director of UK Trade & Investment Japan reflects on Prince William's recent visit to Japan and what the launch of the Innovation is GREAT campaign means for UK businesses and UK-Japan collaboration.
Naomi Muramatsu, Trade Adviser of UK Trade & Investment Japan’s Financial & Business Services Team, explores catering to a unique customer base in order to achieve success in the face of stiff competition.
Naomi Muramatsu, Trade Adviser of UK Trade & Investment Japan's Financial & Business Services Team explores what one can learn about Japanese marketing strategies in view of Kit Kat's phenomenal success in Japan.
Naomi Takegoshi, Senior Trade Adviser covering Financial & Business Services at UKTI Japan explains the recent spur in activity from the Japanese government to encourage increased Foreign Direct Investment, as well as the support mechanisms and incentives on offer to foreign companies.
The Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme has not only created an incredible PR machine for Japan but also a great talent pool for British businesses dealing with Japan. Sarah Parsons, chair of JETAA UK, gives an insight into why JET teachers could have an attractive offer for UK companies in this market.
Japan has been enjoying a turn in fortune of late, including its successful bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Foreign investors are taking a second look at Japan with fresh enthusiasm. Nick Frendo, from PricewaterhouseCoopers, asks what's changed?
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