DIT Japan’s 1st Sports Economy Forum was held at the British Embassy Tokyo on 14 March and welcomed over 100 Japanese audience members from private and public sports facility owners/operators, as well as professional sports teams etc. who are seriously interested in improving their facilities and the balance sheets of their operations.
Ambassador Paul Madden CMG’s opening remarks were followed by words from Hiromichi Moriyama, deputy director of the Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
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.
The Governor of Tokyo has big plans for his city in the years leading up to 2020. Find out more about how Tokyo Metropolitan Government intends to turn Tokyo into a global business hub, as well as the opportunities for foreign companies to do business in Japan.
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.
Trade missions are a great way for UK companies to get an idea of how their products or services will fare in the Japanese market. Read on for more reasons why you should attend a trade mission in Japan.
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.
The UKTI North West and UKTI West Midlands Trade Mission to Japan provided a number of companies from the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine with the opportunity to learn about the Japanese market, network with key contacts, and grow their business in Japan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Patten, the last Governor of Hong Kong presented his views on a number of issues during his recent trip to Japan. He covered a wide range of topics, including democracy, diplomacy, emerging markets, education, immigration, and Britain's position in the EU.
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.
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.
Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London, the first female CEO in the insurance market’s 328-year history, delivered a keynote speech on innovation, insurance and inclusion at the Japan Business Federation on her recent trip to Tokyo.
Yoichi Masuzoe, Governor of Tokyo, revealed his vision for the city of Tokyo at the Tokyo American Club on September 24th. His plans include de-motorization of the city, a focus on hydrogen as an energy source, and promoting a better work-life balance for citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tech City Global Fellows is a highly selective 12-month global mentoring programme which is designed to connect entrepreneurs with voluntary and world class mentors with experience of dealing with the challenges of globally scaling businesses. Read on to learn why you should participate in this programme.
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.
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 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.
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.
Read about the latest developments and reforms in Japan's energy market as it moves towards full market liberalisation. Regional monopolies are looking at partnerships to develop their business as the market changes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In September 2014, BT Japan and the BCCJ collabroated to host a panel based on Prime Minister Abe's campaign for Womenomics, titled "But what do we really want? Womenomics and women." Read on to find out more.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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