The electricity retail market* in Japan was fully liberalised in April 2016, followed by the gas retail liberalisation in April 2017. Since then, the Japanese energy market has gone through a dynamic change with the entry of many new domestic and overseas companies.
Further deregulation in the energy market will take place in 2020. (I.e. the legal unbundling of transmission and distribution sectors.)
The size of ‘cutting edge medicine market’ in Japan is expected to reach 1.85 trillion yen (12.7 billion pounds) in 2025 (+31.7% increase compared to 2016) – according to Fuji Keizai, one of Japan’s leading market research firms.
Japan’s cutting-edge medicine market consists of 3 segments:
Did you know that Rakuten is one of the biggest e-commerce marketplace in Japan?
Rakuten are actively looking for new overseas sellers, especially from the UK as British products are highly sought after in Japan.
The Land of the Rising Sun is the 4th largest e-commerce market in the world. Selling on e-commerce platforms is a great market entry strategy for UK companies who have not yet established their own office or found a trading partner in Japan.
Brexit represents a major turning point in the UK’s international standing. Whatever people’s attitudes to it, most would agree that the way the UK is viewed across Europe and the world will be more important than ever for the country’s future. In this webinar, we examine the Japanese views of the UK and the impact the recent referendum has had on them. We highlight both strengths and weaknesses in the UK’s ‘image’ and points to opportunities – and risks – that the country should address as it moves to a future outside the EU.
LINE, the world's leading messenger application, is now providing a new distribution service for wholesale transaction into the Japanese fashion and gift markets. Watch our free webinar video to find out how you can make this work for your business.
In this webinar video, British companies in the nuclear industry that are considering doing business in Japan will hear about plans to restart reactors, whether Japan is looking for support in decommissioning activities, and forthcoming trade shows.
Watch our video to learn more about current areas of interest around infrastructure in both Japan and the UK, and identify exactly where future lucrative business opportunities are likely to occur for UK companies.
The Right Honourable Brian Wilson, UK Business Ambassador and former UK Energy Minister, discussed opportunities for British businesses specialising in the electricity market on his recent visit to Japan.
Watch our free webinar to learn about the new legislations introduced by Japan's Health Ministry, which aim to support fast-track opportunities for orphan and innovative drugs for UK companies in Japan's pharmaceuticals market.
FOODEX JAPAN is one of the biggest and most important international trade shows relating to the food and drink market in Asia. Watch our free webinar to learn why you should consider exhibiting at the event.
The Global Sports Trade Mission Seminar 2015, held at the British Embassy in Tokyo, provided a platform for UK companies to showcase their expertise to key stakeholders involved in the delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sir Stephen Gomersall, former British Ambassador to Japan and current Board Director and Group Chairman of Hitachi Europe Ltd, recently stopped by the British Embassy in Tokyo to share his views on the Japanese economy, and the opportunities that lie here for UK companies.
Haruno Yoshida is the first female president of BT Japan and the first woman to serve as an executive for the business federation Keidanren. She sat down with British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens to discuss the changing role of women in the Japanese workforce.
Watch our recorded webinar to find out about the Japanese government's ambition to privatise some of the country's airports including a huge opportunity for UK companies in the Kansai region in western Japan.
Watch this recorded webinar to learn about the regulatory frameworks for regenerative medicine in Japan, as well as opportunities for collaboration with the Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine (FIRM).
In February 2015, UKTI Japan held its annual Asset Management Trade Mission and Seminar at the British Embassy in Tokyo. Find out about the benefits and challenges of operating in Japan's asset management market.
Watch our recorded webinar to find out the latest developments and business opportunities for UK companies in view of the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will both be held in Tokyo.
Watch our video to find out how several British companies have entered the Japanese market and been successful in Japan, and learn how to use the appetite for British technology and innovation to your advantage.
British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens, and David Bickle, President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan talk about the ways in which the BCCJ can help UK companies establish their business in Japan.
Watch David Brown, co-founder and CEO of software company Ve Interactive, at the launch of Ve Interactive at the British Embassy in Japan, and find out how you can also bring your products or services to Japan.
Attending a GREAT Week Trade Mission is a perfect opportunity to find out about your target market. Watch our video to find out the benefits of attending GREAT Week Japan from the delegates themselves.
Big Data is fast becoming one of the most important industries in the modern world, with enormous amounts of new data being created everyday. UKTI Japan recently held a Big Data seminar in Tokyo, attracting British industry leaders and academics to explain the UK's strengths to a packed room of Japanese professionals. Export to Japan caught up with some of them as well as our in-house expert to hear how Japan can benefit from the UK's expertise and developed capabilities in Big Data.
Dr Keith Franklin, Head of the Nuclear Team at the British Embassy in Tokyo, speaks with John Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) about the ways in which the UK is supporting decommissioning and clean-up at Fukushima Daiichi power station.
Japan is a popular destination for UK companies seeking to expand into an overseas market. Watch the recorded webinar to find out how you can commercialise your technology and improve your chances of securing a deal.
Ever wondered what it is like to participate in a Trade Mission? This recorded webinar talks about the GREAT Week Japan 2014 event in October and gives some general tips for success when exporting to Japan.
Watch our video to understand what Britishness means in Japan, how UK companies can better market their products through understanding how to use their Britishness, and what businesses are successfully harnessing the brand.
The iconic fold-up bicycle made by Brompton Bicycle Ltd has become a symbol of British quality, urban cool and smart transportation. Brompton's managing director, Will Butler-Adams, shares his insights into doing business in Japan.
HMA Tim Hitchens and in-house economist Akira Maekawa discuss the Japanese economy in view of the changes brought about by Abenomics in the first half of 2014. Find out what this means for UK companies doing business in Japan.
One of Britain's most influential designers with more than 40 years of experience under his belt, Sir Paul Smith shares his insights of doing business in Japan, and reveals what he considers to be three vital aspects to succeeding in an ever changing business climate.
Japan is an exciting hub for the industries of design, fashion and digital music. "Attending GREAT Week is a chance for UK companies to meet the people they've been corresponding with, to see consumers' reactions to their products, and see their products in action," says Silvia Harriman of UK Trade & Investment. Watch business people weigh in on why Japan is an excellent market for UK companies.
Hear from our guest speaker Russell Willis, Founder of ELT Services Japan, in this interactive session as he explains the opportunities for UK companies wishing to expand their ELT products and services to the Japanese market.
Damon Hill, global sales manager of luxury leather goods manufacturer Barney & Taylor, came to Japan for the first time on a recent trade mission led by UKTI North West and East of England. His aim: to do market research, establish business relationships and long term partnerships with the goal of eventual entry into the Japanese market. Watch Damon's journey here.
This webinar provides a detailed look at Japan's 2nd largest research based pharmaceutical company. Our guest speaker from Astellas explains their strategy for product development and examples of partnership opportunities your company could engage with.
Watch this webinar to understand the Japanese Food & Drink Market. With high levels of consumption, a sophisticated market and growing demand and awareness of UK products, there has never been a better time to export.
Sue Kinoshita, Head of UKTI Japan and Master Blogger writes.....
Let me start by wishing you a happy anniversary. Of what? well, I don't know, but everyone seems to be commemorating something this year - UK-Japan trading relations 400 years, London Underground 150 years, Dr Who 50 years - so I'm sure you'll have some milestone of your own to celebrate.
This short interactive video describes the interesting beginnings of Blippar, an image recognition platform, and the story of the company's entry to the Japanese market. The technology sector in Japan is very adept to new and unique products, and Blippar has certainly caught its attention.
The Nuclear industry in Japan remains a top issue since the devastating events of March 11, 2011. Find out how your company could engage with Japan to provide expertise and new technologies as the Japanese Government looks to foreign countries for help.
Wondering what 'Abenomics' means for your business potential in Japan? Find out about the recent changes the Japanese market has seen under the current Shinzo Abe government and how UK companies can benefit from these bold economic policy moves.
This interactive seminar on digital music in Japan includes 3 detailed sessions with industry experts covering:
- Music Lifestyle of Today
- Emerging Digital Music Services
- Future of the Music Industry
Our expert guest speakers offer their insight on these 3 key questions about doing business in Japan:
- How should a company penetrate the Japanese market?
- What affects the operating costs of doing business in Japan?
- What is the impact of cultural differences on business?
This webinar provides an overview of UKTI Japan plans for engagement with Tokyo in the build up to the 2020 Games and offers a view of the Japanese market, an outline of potential business opportunities for UK companies, and information on how to find Japanese business partners. BT Japan also explain their important contribution to London 2012 and give an insight on how they plan to engage on Tokyo 2020.
This webinar takes you through the steps to access the Japanese market through e-Commerce and provides key information on various methods to make successful entry based around the cost, effort and impact for a range of business models.
Zandra Rhodes CBE has more than 50 years of being at the forefront of the British fashion & textile industries and dressing the likes of Princess Diana and Freddie Mercury. The iconic designer came on her 6th visit to Japan this Autumn to launch her Zandra Rhodes with People Tree Collaboration.
This webinar offers a valuable insight into the current state of the Asset Management industry in Japan and how foreign companies can develop business in this huge market. Mr Sadayuki Horie of Nomura Research Institute and Mr Charles Beazley of Nikko Asset Management offer their expert knowledge and advice to UK Exporters.
Japan: a market with more opportunities for your business than you may imagine. HM Ambassador Tim Hitchens gives a valuable insight into this diverse market, unique culture and what it's really like to do business in Japan.
Sue Kinoshita, Head of UKTI Japan & Master Blogger writes...
It takes a lot to get me out of bed at 5am. An early flight to an exotic holiday location might do it. But otherwise forget it.
Unless, that is, it’s the Olympics.
Willie Walsh urged British exporters to look more closely at the opportunities that exist in the lucrative and exciting Japanese market, and said that Export to Japan was the best place to start.
“Export to Japan will provide you with all of the help you need - the contacts, connections, services - everything you need if you want to explore the opportunities that exist here”, said Mr Walsh.
This webinar offers a rare and invaluable opportunity to British life sciences companies to learn about the current Japanese oncology market and opportunities with professional insights from Mr Takuma Maeda, IMS Consulting Group, Japan
Mr Haru Takahashi and Mr Ryoma Hosokawa of Adinnovation Inc, present a detailed insight into the Japanese Mobile and Advertisement market. This free online webinar was recorded from our live broadcast on Friday 26 July 2013 and gives UK companies the chance to understand the opportunities in the Japanese digital marketing industry.
Mike Murphy, Pacific Rim MD of CiDRA Corporate Services Inc gives a fascinating interview to UKTI Japan talking about his first experiences here and the importance of patience and persistence when trying to break into the Japanese marketplace.
Taken your summer holiday yet? If so, just pause to think of the millions of Japanese workers who won't have done, despite the temperatures reaching a record 40 degrees and the humidity being roughly equivalent to a Turkish bath.
Sue Kinoshita talks about Professor Timon Screech, History of Art at the University of London’s School of Oriental and Africa Studies. Professor Screech has been researching the very first trading voyage from the UK to Japan, which arrived in Nagasaki Prefecture 400 years ago, in June 2013. And if ever there was any doubt about whether history holds any lessons for us today, this story ought to dispel it.
On the 23rd April 2013 at Daikanyama in Tokyo's fashionable Shibuya, successful British fashion designer Anya Hindmarch held a press launch reception of her Autumn / Winter '13 collection "Cascade". The Export to Japan team at UKTI were there to ask Anya about her success in the Japanese market.
Steve Crane of Business Link Japan talks to CNN's Richard Quest about doing business in Japan. Although filmed in 2009, it still carries many key lessons about how to get around Tokyo and Japan on a budget.
Stella McCartney visited Japan in May to celebrate the opening of her new shop in central Tokyo. At the glamorous launch of her Autumn/Winter collection at the Embassy, Ambassador Tim Hitchens caught up with Stella and asked her about plans for the Japanese market, fashion in Japan and her approach to business.
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