Comparing the UK and Japan: Successes and Challenges in Open Data Utilisation (free webinar)


14th July, 2022


10:00 - 11:15 UK Time

– A move toward UK/ Japan collaboration –

There has never been a better time to do business with major players in Japan’s electronics/IT industry such as NEC.

Since January 2021 the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) has been in place, opening even more opportunities for UK companies to forge partnerships and generate new business in one of the largest economies in the world.

Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Smart City Institute Japan (SCI-J), the largest smart cities association in Japan, are hosting a webinar, inviting innovative UK technology companies to learn from the Open Data Institute (ODI) in the UK and NEC in Japan to compare the successes and challenges in open data utilisation.

NEC developed an open data utilisation platform called ‘Fiware’ a few years ago and have been exploring the Japanese market with this tool. For the webinar, a speaker from the ODI will talk about case studies and success stories on open data utilisation projects in the UK while a speaker from NEC will talk about their case studies and challenges on the deployment of their tool in the Japanese market. The two parties will then try and identify areas of interest to complement each other, leading to collaborative projects between UK and Japan, specifically on the topic of ‘open data utilisation with data privacy management’.

Following the presentation by ODI and NEC, there will be an exciting discussion and Q&A session inviting specialists from DIT and Cambridge Consultants.


Olivier Thereaux, Head of Research and Development, ODI

As Head of Research and Development, Olivier leads the ODI’s R&D, product and service discovery work, and runs a multidisciplinary team of research, technology, and user experience practitioners. Olivier and his team add in-depth expertise to the ODI’s advisory activities on topics including data infrastructure, technology and society, standards, emerging data technology, and innovating with data. He also stewards the ODI’s work on data ethics.

Mitsuyo Nishioka, Smart Cities Specialist, Cross-Industry Unit, NEC

Mitsuyo has been engaging primarily with communication technology related solutions including IoT, mobile internet services, SDN/NFV, and cyber securities since she joined NEC. She was based in Boston, USA, between 2014 and 2017. She has been leading smart cities activities in Japan since her return home in 2020. She aims to develop ‘an evolution of cities that we can boast to the world’ based on value generation and co-creation through successful open data utilisation.