Defence & Security

Japan invests heavily in the defence and security of its people and property, despite having a pacifist constitution and one of the lowest crime rates worldwide. It has a large and sophisticated Self Defence Force consisting of the Ground Self Defence Force, the Maritime Self Defence Force, and the Air Self Defence Force. The Japan Police Force includes 300,000 officers country-wide.

Although Japan has a very close defence and security relationship with the United States, it is open to building new linkages with other nations, particularly in Europe. In 2013, the UK and Japan agreed to develop closer government-to-government links related to defence equipment.

Key areas of collaboration include peacekeeping support and operations, humanitarian aid, CBRN, cyber defence, helicopters and fast patrol boats.

On security, key opportunities are in cyber security and information assurance, security screening, and protective clothing and equipments.

For more see the Department for International Trade’s briefing on the defence and security export market in Japan.

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.

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. 

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. 

Opportunities in Space in Japan

Opportunities in Space in Japan - Export to Japan

Watch our video to find out what opportunities are available to UK companies in the space and satellite communications industry in Japan, and the best options for market entry.

Roberts Supports Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Buoyed by the flawless performance of its services and staff at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Roberts Support Services Ltd. has set its targets even higher and is looking to provide the full range of its security skills and know-how when Tokyo hosts the biggest sporting event in the world in 2020.

Finding the Best Route to Market in Japan

Export to Japan - Finding the Best Route to Market in Japan

When you are confident of your market potential in Japan, you will want to find out the best way getting to market. Here we cover the general information you will need to consider when you plan your market entry strategy.

Current Business Opportunities in Japan

Current Business Opportunities in Japan - Export to Japan

A Japanese importer and distributor of IT solutions is seeking to represent UK companies which are interested in the Japanese market.All the current business opportunities with Japanese companies looking for specific products, technologies or services from the UK.