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Fashion is GREAT in Tokyo

Fashion is GREAT in Tokyo - Export to Japan

2 February 2017

British fashion brands attended DIT's trade mission with the aim of growing their business in Japan. Find out more about the delegates. 

Design Week 2016

Design is GREAT Week 2016 - Export to Japan

26 January 2017

Hotel design is currently a big topic in Japan, and British design firms can lend their expertise to the hospitality and residential sectors. 

GREAT British Food Market in Marunouchi 2016

GREAT British Food Market in Marunouchi 2016 - Export to Japan

5 July 2016

No less than twelve Japanese distributors of British food and drink products exhibited their range of merchandise at MaruCube in Marunouchi Building near Tokyo station. British treats featured included a selection of Lola’s cupcakes, Caws Cenarth cheese from Wales, Clipper Teas, shortbread from Shortbread House of Edinburgh, Avlaki Olive Oil, Cotswold Honey and scones from Demerara Bakery. 

Rugby World Cup 2019 and Japan

Rugby World Cup 2019 and Japan - Export to Japan

14 June 2016

Japan's fantastic and unprecedented performance at Rugby World Cup 2015 has set the stage for an amazing tournament experience when the country hosts Rugby World Cup 2019. 

Prosperity Fund Tokyo - Call for Bids

Prosperity Fund Tokyo - Call for Bids - Export to Japan

10 June 2016

The British Embassy Tokyo invites external implementers to submit bids for projects supported by the UK Prosperity Fund to identify and open up opportunities for UK exports to Japan.

Reach Non-Japanese Consumers in Japan

Reach Non-Japanese Consumers in Japan - Export to Japan

3 May 2016

In 2015 Japan smashed its target for 20 million visitors by 2020 and has since revised this figure to 40 million by 2020. Find out more about why this is a great development for your business. 

Inclusion and Diversity in View of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Inclusion and Diversity in View of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics - Export to Japan

29 April 2016

After Rio 2016 all eyes will turn to Tokyo and the pressure to host an amazing Olympic and Paralympic Games will increase. The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan recently ran a seminar to educate attendees on various ways to support the Paralympics and people with disabilities in the run up to 2020 and beyond.

UK Energy Firms Bring Bright Ideas to Japan

UK Energy Firms Bring Bright Ideas to Japan - Export to Japan

12 April 2016

Energy storage is one of the UK's eight "great technologies," and Japan's newly liberalised energy market is creating plenty of business opportunities for British companies in the energy storage solutions sector. 

Japan's Tax Reform in 2016

Japan's Tax Reform in 2016 - Export to Japan

30 March 2016

In December 2015, the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito Party released the 2016 tax reform proposals for Japan.  These are currently being debated in the Japanese Diet and are expected to be passed into law with effect from 1 April 2016.

Team GB – Partnership, Opportunities and Sponsorship

 Team GB – Partnership, Opportunities and Sponsorship - Export to Japan

15 March 2016

The British Olympic Association visited Japan in February 2016 to scout out facilities for Team GB athletes to use in the run up to and during Tokyo 2020. Read on to find out how Team GB has developed into the recognisable brand it is today. 

Five Reasons to Tap the ELT Market in Japan

Five Reasons to Tap the ELT Market in Japan - Export to Japan

8 March 2016

The art of English conversation has become big business in the land of the rising sun, with language schools sprouting up seemingly overnight. Read on for five reasons why UK companies should be thinking about entering the English Language Training market in Japan.

Lessons on Business in Japan with Rolls-Royce

Lessons on Business in Japan with Rolls-Royce - Export to Japan

18 December 2015 

Rolls-Royce is a company with a long and rich history, and can proudly say they have been doing business in Japan for over one hundred years. Find out more about the UK and Japan markets from Rolls-Royce's global chairman, Ian Davis.

Exporting is GREAT

Exporting is Great - Export to Japan

15 December 2015 

Find out how the UK Government's Exporting is GREAT campaign can help you do business in Japan. 

British Business Awards 2015

British Business Awards Winners 2015 - Export to Japan

11 December 2015

On Friday November 13th the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s business community gathered at Tokyo’s Palace Hotel to celebrate one of the annual highlights in Tokyo’s business events calendar, the British Business Awards 2015 gala dinner.

Procurement Updates For Tokyo 2020 Games

Procurement Updates for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Export to Japan

2 December 2015

In October 2015, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) made tender advertisements relating to three permanent venues of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. Learn more about Japanese construction legislation and venue development. 

Mayor of London Toasts to Tokyo 2020

Mayor of London Toasts to Tokyo 2020 - Export to Japan

28 October 2015

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, believes Olymposceptics will be proven wrong for Tokyo 2020, just as they were for London 2012. An enthusiastic supporter of the 2012 Games, he explores the legacy left to Britain at an event co-hosted by the British and American Chambers of Commerce.

UK Companies Showcase their Security Technologies in Japan

UK Companies Showcase Technologies to the Japanese Security Sector - Export to Japan

21 October 2015

Japan’s Special Equipment Exhibition and Conference for Anti-Terrorism was an excellent chance for the UK to showcase world leading security technology. The event coincided with the British Embassy's Olympic Security Seminar, where experts spoke on the UK's counter terrorist strategy and technical capabilities. 

Womenomics at a Crossroads - the UK and Japan

Womenomics at a Crossroads - the UK and Japan - Export to Japan

24 September 2015

Mariko Oi, reporter with BBC World News, and Danielle George, Professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester shared their views on Womenomics in Japan and how both the UK and Japan can encourage more young women to enter careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Rugby World Cup England 2015 Gala Reception

Rugby World Cup England 2015 Gala Reception - Export to Japan

9 September 2015

Japan is keen to show it is a serious rugby nation during the Rugby World Cup in England this year. The Rugby World Cup England 2015 Gala Reception provided a platform for rugby enthusiasts in Japan to celebrate.

Sky is the Limit for British Space Technology

Sky is the Limit for British Space Technology - Export to Japan

29 July 2015

It may be surpising to learn that Britain's space sector is going from strength to strength, with Japan an important target market. This article presents information and opportunities for UK's space industry both on a global scale and in Japan. 

Japan’s Economic Outlook – June 2015

Japan’s Economic Outlook – June 2015 - Export to Japan

16 July 2015

The latest economic analysis by the Economic & Trade Policy Team at the British Embassy in Tokyo covers Abe’s renewed growth strategy, the current state of the economy, and what these developments mean for UK exporters. 

ACCJ Women in Business Summit 2015

Women in Business Summit 2015 - Export to Japan

8 July 2015

Over 700 participants attended the American Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Summit 2015. U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended to review the progress of womenomics over the past year. 

 

Japan's Current Energy Landscape at a Glance

Japan's Current Energy Landscape at a Glance - Export to Japan

Friday 26 June

The Japanese electricity market is due to undergo some heavy reforms, with Japan still searching for the most viable answers to some difficult questions. In April 2016, the retail sale of electricity will be fully liberalised in Japan, and will open to new entrants. This will no doubt offer some exciting opportunities for British companies to really make a footprint on Japan’s energy market.

UKTI Creates Concrete Opportunities for e-Exporting

UKTI Creates Concrete Opportunities for e-Exporting in Japan - Export to Japan

19 June 2015

E-Commerce platforms are an excellent and relatively low-risk way to reach millions of consumers online. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in Japan have identified two key partners to help British companies get their products into the marketplace. Read on for more information. 

Britain Has Big Plans for Big Data

Britain has Big Plans for Big Data - Export to Japan

18 June 2015

Britain is a world leader in "big data," and can use this position to take advantage of a plethora of business opportunities. Read on for more about the "big data" scene in Japan. 

UK Firms Fly Flag at MAST Defence Exhibition

UK Firms Fly Flag at MAST Defence Exhibition - Export to Japan

2 June 2015

UK firms showed they are world leaders in their field at MAST Asia 2015, Japan's first ever defense trade show and conference was endorsed by Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD), Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry (METI), Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), with support of the US Navy’s 7th Fleet Command, Australian Department of Defence, and UK Trade & Investment. 

Tokyo One-Stop Business Establishment Centre Launches Inside JETRO HQ

Tokyo One-Stop Business Establishment Centre Launches Inside JETRO HQ - Export to Japan

27 May 2015

The Tokyo One-Stop Business Establishment Centre is a new facility launched by the Japanese government offering support and consultation for foreign and domestic companies wishing to establish themselves in Japan. Backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, its recent launch is sure to help many businesses expand and realise their potential in the Japanese market.

Change in Japanese Tax Laws Good News for UK Companies

Change in Japanese Tax Laws Good News for UK Companies - Export to Japan

20 May 2015 

On March 16, 2015, the Japan's Ministry of Justice announced that it had abolished the local residency requirement that at least one of the representatives of a domestic corporation should have a Japanese address, which often complicated the corporate formation process for overseas entrants into Japan. Read on for Deloitte's explanation and benefits for UK companies. 

Themis Analytics Wins Business Development Trip

Themis Analytics wins business development trip

24 March 2015

Brian Hutchison of Themis Analytics was the lucky winner of return Business Class flights to Japan from our recent UKTI Japan customer survey competition. We caught up with him to find out a little more about the company's plans in the Japanese market and what in-roads they have made so far.

Prince William launches Innovation is GREAT campaign

Prince William launches Innovation is Great campaign - Export to Japan

13 March 2015 

Prince William visited Japan for the first time in February 2015, launching the British Government's year-long Innovation is GREAT campaign, which is designed to showcase the best of British innovation and promote further partnership between Japan and the UK. 

British Robots Turn Heads in Japan

British Robots Turn Heads in Japan - Export to Japan

9 March 2015

British innovation is well respected in Japan, and this extends to the field of robotics. Read about the robot technology showcase organised by UK Trade & Investment, Japan. 

Tokyo's Olympic Challenge

Tokyo's Olympic Challenge - Export to Japan

2 March 2015

Former CEO of the the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Lord Deighton, shares his experiences of leadership, governance and accountability in the running of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

UKTI Civil Nuclear Showcase 2015

UKTI Civil Nuclear Showcase 2015 - Export to Japan

18 February 2015

For companies wishing to export internationally to such markets as Japan, but who aren't quite ready to attend an overseas trade mission, a UK based event such as the UKTI Civil Nuclear Showcase 2015 can be an excellent first step. Natalie Stirrup of Innovative Physics examines the benefits of attending a UKTI organised showcase. 

EU Free Trade Agreements Survey for UK Businesses

EU Free Trade Agreements Survey For UK Businesses - Export to Japan

13 February 2015

The UK Government is currently involved in negotiating free trade agreements together with the EU and would welcome UK business views to ensure that the interests of UK businesses are represented. Take this chance to shape the world in which you do business. 

Economic Trends for Japan in 2015

Economic Trends For Japan In 2015 - Export to Japan

4 February 2015

Like many other countries, Japan is continuing its long road to economic recovery. Read on to find out about the underlying themes Japan and its economy will be facing in 2015. 

UKTI Announces First Time Exporters Package

UKTI Announces First Time Exporters Package - Export to Japan

10 December 2014

The British Government will roll out a new package of support to help small and medium sized UK businesses take their first steps into export in view of the UK’s ambition to increase exports to £1 trillion by 2020.

The Economy, Elections and Abe’s Next Move

The Economy, Elections and Abe’s Next Move - Export to Japan

1 December 2014

Japan finds itself in an unexpected recession after the economy was hit much harder than anticipated by the rise in VAT from 5% to 8% in April of this year. Find out what this entails for UK companies in the Japanese market. 

West Midlands Engineering Firms Probe Japan Market

West Midlands Engineering Firms Probe Japan Market - Export to Japan

19 November 2014

UKTI Shropshire organised a trade mission to Japan for seven advanced engineering companies based in the West Midlands. Read on for their insights into the Japanese market and the benefits of attending a trade mission. 

Recruitment Firms Note Solid Demand

Recruitment firms note solid demand - Export to Japan

22 October 2014

British firms operating in the recruitment sector in Japan report “tremendous demand” for qualified and capable staff across the majority of the key industrial sectors. Read on to find out more. 

 

Bank Of Japan Action: No Action

Bank Of Japan Action: No Action - Export to Japan

17 October 2014

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) held its most recent policy meeting on October 6th and 7th, 2014. Click to read more about the outcomes and implications of its policies on UK businesses operating in Japan. 

Subsidy Program for Projects Promoting FDI in 2014

Subsidy Program for Projects Promoting FDI in 2014 - Export to Japan

24 September 2014

This program, which is being put into place during the Fiscal Year 2014, is intended to attract and concentrate high-value-added business operations that match the strength of the Japanese economy by supporting global companies’ establishment of new high-value-added business locations in Japan, such as Head Sites or R&D Sites. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expects this program to improve Japan’s status as an Asian business center.

Japan: Not The End Of Abenomics

Japan: Not The End Of Abenomics - Export to Japan

19 September 2014

Japan’s second quarter 2014 GDP contracts are at an annualised rate of -6.7% and these headline figures are in line with expectations. Please read on for more information. 

2nd UK-Japan Nuclear Decommissioning Workshop

2nd UK-Japan Nuclear Decommissioning Workshop 2014

28 August 2014

The second UK-Japan nuclear decommissioning workshop welcomed more than 100 participants from both countries. Read more about the topics covered and about the depth of experience the UK has in this sector.

British Exports to Japan

British Exports to Japan

11 August 2014

This article details important and in-depth background information on the primary British exports to Japan, the UK companies that already have a presence in this very promising market, and sources of support for your company should you wish to start doing business here. 

Abenomics Boosts Corporate Profitability

Abenomics Boosts Corporate Profitability

16 July 2014

Abenomics has driven Japan’s corporate profits to their highest level since the Lehman shock. Manufacturers lead the way, supported by the weaker Yen. Toyota plans to increase domestic investment to the highest level since 2008, raising hopes that large corporate cash piles may start being used further. Read on to find out about the implications for Japan’s economy, overseas investment and UK exports.

Auto Firms Underline UK Excellence at Expo

Auto Firms Underline UK Excellence at the 2014 Automotive Engineers Exposition held in Yokohama, Japan.

3 July 2014

British auto firms turned a lot of heads at the 2014 Automotive Engineers Exposition held in Yokohama, Japan. A range of UK companies showcased their skills, engineering and British excellence in road vehicles, demonstrating just what the UK has to offer in what is a competitive and constantly evolving sector.

Industry Insight: Chemicals Sector In Japan

Industry Insight: Chemicals Sector In Japan - Export to Japan

10 May 2014

Chemical companies here have been shifting from manufacturing commodity products to high value-added specialty chemicals, in particular for the booming pharmaceutical sector, which offers opportunities for British firms in the outsourced manufacturing of active ingredients and intermediaries, according to the London-based Chemical Industries Association. 

British Fashion Iconic As Ever In Japan

British Fashion Iconic As Ever In Japan - Export to Japan

21 April 2014

To millions of Japanese fashion fans, Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith are the epitome of style. From flamboyant and fanciful through chic, classic and cool, British designers have a firm following in a nation that is renowned for its own sense of style.

Firms Cautioned To Be Aware Of Japan's Unique Corporate Laws

Firms Cautioned To Be Aware Of Japan's Unique Corporate Laws

10 April 2014

Japanese laws can differ considerably from those of the UK. British firms looking to set up operations in Japan need to be aware of some of the unique points of Japanese laws and the broader business culture that exists here. Here is a few tips for British firms entering the Japanese market as well as the pitfalls to avoid.

Foodex Japan: Your Gateway To The Market

Foodex Japan: Your Gateway To The Market - Export to Japan

4 April 2014

More than 30 companies from across Britain took part in Japan's most important annual food and drink expo in early March 2014. Foodex attracts more than 2,500 exhibitors from around the world putting them into direct contact with 71,000 visitors from the sector making it the key platform to showcase the UK's finest in Japan.

UK Exporters Not To Be Discouraged By Tax Rise

UK Exporters Not To Be Discouraged By Tax Rise - Export to Japan

1 April 2014

Japan's rise in consumption tax to 8 percent may result in slow consumer confidence and lower spending in coming months but the economy will recover. UK exporters should not be discouraged, but play the long game for financial reward say experts.

Japan's Firms Get Wise To Global Talent

Japan's Firms Get Wise To Global Talent - Export to Japan

14 March 2014

With increased competition making the global business world more cut-throat than ever before, the leaders of Japan's top corporations have recognised the need for their firms to up their game. 

Five Trends In Japan That Matter To You

Five Trends In Japan That Matter To You - Export to Japan

The UK Trade & Investment team in Japan has pulled together the five trends that matter right now to businesses in Japan.  These include a shift towards low carbon, a globalising business environment, Japanese consumer appreciation of quality, authenticity & originality, an ageing society, and the removal of trade barriers.