Opportunities In The Wind Power Market In Japan

Watch this recorded webinar to learn about the recent changes towards pro-wind energy in Japan and the possibility for UK companies to get involved in wind energy projects. 

The Great East Japan earthquake and the subsequent incident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011 have brought about big discussions on Japanese energy policy among both the government and the public.

About 50 nuclear power plants in Japan are still under suspension. The current government have proposed the increasing of renewable energy in their long term energy plan and have introduced a new Feed in Tariff scheme. Among several available options of renewable resources Japan has a huge potential for wind power energy, including off shore wind.

The speaker will talk about the current wind power projects in Japan, including the feature of off shore wind projects, and will touch on how UK companies might be able to get involved in these projects in Japan.

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This webinar was recorded on 18 December 2014.

The Fourth UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is arranging the Fourth UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum to be held at the British Embassy in Tokyo. Supported by the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum and the UK Nuclear Industry Association.

Senior members of the nuclear community from both Industry and Government from the UK and Japan will be in attendance, UK companies are invited to register to attend the event.

Forum Programme

  • Mon 17th Feb: Briefing for UK Companies at the British Embassy + Forum Dinner
  • Tue 18th Feb: 4th UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum, comprising of plenary sessions, panel discussion sessions, and a networking reception. The theme of the event will be “Creating an Environment for Collaboration”.

Please note that this event is expected to be very popular, numbers will be limited, and there will be a selection process for companies who wish to attend. Companies should be aware that there are a selection of invited speakers covering UK and Japanese government policy, and updates on the decommissioning landscape in both countries. There will also be a number of speakers talking about methods and mechanisms of working together on nuclear decommissioning.

Event Terms and Conditions

  • There will be a limit of ~20 UK companies, and attendance for the forum will be limited to two people per (UK) company.
  • DIT will select UK companies based on how appropriate their capabilities are to the Japanese market.
  • There will be an OMIS* charge of £990 per company.

* OMIS: DIT Overseas Market Introduction Service

If you are interested in attending this high profile event, please express your interest by Fri 17th January 2020 by filling in the registration form below:


Techs in the City Powered by PechaKucha 20×20

On February 20, the BCCJ will be hosting a special lunchtime event as part of International PechaKucha Day. With the theme of this year’s session, ‘Techs in the City’, we will be handing over the mic at The CORE Tokyo Shimbashi, to a selection of pioneering BCCJ members and friends who are creating transformative tech and innovation platforms to tackle some of the 21st century’s most probing challenges.

Attendees will be invited to enjoy a fantastic line-up of presenters from the Tokyo tech scene, as we learn and take inspiration from their stories and visions for 2020 and beyond.

This exciting event arrives as part of International PechaKucha Day 2020, a celebration of worldwide creativity and interconnectedness designed to showcase some of the brightest and most progressive global ideas.

Join us and be inspired!

50% Discount for E2J members

Use code PK_2000_CPN when registering, to receive a 50% discount on the price.

PechaKucha 20×20

What is PechaKucha?

PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. PechaKucha is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming.

20 slides. 20 seconds of commentary per slide. That’s it. Simple. Engaging. Spurring authentic connections.

PechaKucha is the ideal tool to share passions and drop some knowledge. Global innovators use the PechaKucha platform to create powerful, visually-compelling stories that move audiences in less than 7 minutes.

UK-Japan 3rd Country Infrastructure Collaboration – Workshop & Business Forum

The Department of International Trade (DIT) hosts a set of events focusing on the UK-Japan collaborations in the 3rd country infrastructure projects.


Following the bilateral business objectives agreed by the Prime Ministers of the UK and Japan in January 2019, DIT in liaison with the Japanese stakeholders has implemented a new structure to help UK companies exploring opportunities through collaboration with Japanese companies in 3rd country projects, such as transport (e.g. rail, airports, roads and ports), water, plants, energies and smart cities.

This is the subject in which other nations have also shown strong interest. It is essential that UK expertise and commitment by industry is well known amongst Japanese stakeholders in order to win against keen competition.

Who should attend?

UK companies with expertise in business services (consulting, legal services, risk management and architecture/design etc), finance/insurance, engineering etc with good experience in the 3rd country projects and a willingness to explore business through UK-Japan collaboration.

Why attend?

Promoting your business (expertise) and building a good connections with Japanese stakeholders is crucial. This event will help you achieve both objectives. In addition, you will be furnished with fundamental information about Japanese ODAs from Japanese stakeholders such as JICA, JBIC etc.


Monday 16th March – Workshop (for UK participants)

New Hall, British Embassy Tokyo

  • AM: Briefing by the Japanese stakeholders (planned speakers include JICA, JBIC etc)
  • PM: Internal Meeting with DIT Network
  • Evening: Casual Dinner (optional – at your own cost)

Tuesday 17th March – Business Forum (Seminar)

Ambassador’s Residence, British Embassy Tokyo

  • Keynote speech by Japanese stakeholder (MoFA – tbc)
  • Company presentations
  • Panel discussion
  • Networking Reception


The cost for the events including simultaneous interpretation for your presentation will be covered by DIT. A tailored meeting arrangement service (for an extra stay in Japan) will be possible through DIT’s Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) which is subject to the modest time-base charge. (The deadline for this request is 7 February.)


Please apply via the form below:

Please send enquiries to UK.JapanCollaboration@fco.gov.uk 

By submitting the form, you agree for your information to be processed by Export to Japan and shared with Department for International Trade (DIT) in accordance with the privacy policies of each organisation. 


Smart Cities and Living (Webinar)

Invitation for British start-ups interested in entering the Japanese market

‘Smart Cities and Living’ (Webinar)

Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka is an equity-free opportunity for high-growth mature startups to accelerate their market entry into the world’s 3rd largest economy, with a focus on business development and running pilots with some of Japan’s largest corporates.

By focusing on seed-funded companies with validated business models, the program is designed to help founders from around the world scale their business in Japan, by collaborating with billion dollar companies on PoCs across various sectors under the broad theme of “Smart Cities & Living”.

Smart Cities Webinar

(Webinar) APAC Market Briefing for Healthcare and Life Sciences Sector

The Northern Powerhouse will run an International Market Programme focusing on doing business in APAC Market (Japan, South Korea and Taiwan) and welcome participation across all UK regions.  International Market Programme will help Health and Life Sciences businesses to choose their next market and learn all they need to know for successful market entry. 

For Japan, DIT and EY will give market overview and trends on Japanese Healthcare and Life Sciences industry.  Participants will have an opportunity to join ‘virtual roundtable’ for discussion and Q&A.

Asahi Kasei Pharma Open Innovation

Asahi Kasei Pharma, a research-based Japanese pharmaceutical company, is calling for candidates for research collaborations related to drug discovery with universities, research institutes, and enterprises around the world.


New drug seeds (drug target and drug candidate) in the following five fields:

·       Neurodegenerative Disease

·       Autoimmune Disease

·       Critical care medicine

·       Bone and/or Cartilage disease

·       Muscle-related disease

UK Japan Free Trade Summit

On the 11th of September 2020, the UK secured a free trade agreement with Japan, which is the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent trading nation and will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 billion.

The UK and Japan have a long-shared history as free trading nations and this deal has given both countries an opportunity to deepen the partnership in a number of industry sectors including finance, digital trade, technology, manufacturing, food and drink.

Against this background, The City and Financial Group will be hosting The UK-Japan Free Trade Summit, which will take place on the 20th of January.

Opened by The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, President of the Board of Trade and chaired by Sir David Wright GCMG LVO, Chair, TheCityUK Japan Market Advisory Group; Global Advisor, SMFJ and Former UK Ambassador to Japan, this high-profile conference will provide delegates with an in-depth understanding of the agreement’s key benefits as well as an analysis of the business opportunities in the key industry sectors, both in terms of export potential and direct investment.

Full details can be found here.

Partnering with Japan: Spring ’21 Free Trade Agreement series – Launch Event’

There has never been a better time to do business with Japan.

Since January the UK has a new Free Trade Agreement with the world’s third largest economy, opening even more opportunities for UK companies to forge partnerships and generate new business in this dynamic Asian country.

Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, the Department for International Trade is delighted to announce a series of business focused UK-Japan Trade Missions, to be run over the spring.

These events have been specifically designed to inspire and support companies to export with Japan. In the coming days and weeks our event calendar will be updated with the events taking place as part of this exciting and ambitious series – in the meantime please do check regularly to see what is on offer!

Join the free launch event on March 2 with Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart, and leading figures from UK companies.

The 90-minute event will not only provide expert insight into the Japanese market and how the Free Trade Agreement can benefit your company, but participants will be able to develop their knowledge on how to succeed in the Japanese market with the Export Academy and Export to Japan.

Trade advisors in Tokyo and UK firms who have successfully launched and thrived in Japan will also be available to answer your questions on the issues that matter to you.

Now is the time to spring into Japan.


UK Government:

  • Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Exports
  • Julia Longbottom CMG, HM Ambassador (Designate) to Japan
  • Chris Heffer, Director, DIT Japan
  • Marie-Claire Joyce, Head of DIT Japan Trade Team
  • Shehzad Chaudhary, Deputy Director, DIT UK Regions – Midlands

Trade Bodies:

  • David Bickle OBE, President, British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • Steve Crane OBE, CEO, Export to Japan


  • Chris Sheldrick, CEO of What3Words, one of the UK’s leading innovative tech companies
  • Chris Horobin, CEO of Hotel Chocolat (Japan) one of the fastest growing UK brands in Japan today
  • Poppy Gustafsson, CEO of Darktrace, the UK’s leading cyber security company in Japan
  • Leslie Balfour-Lynn, Co-founder Balfour Winery at Hush Heath Estate

*Breakout Rooms from 10:00am*

We will be hosting breakout rooms immediately after the webinar to give you the chance to ask questions to sector specialists. 

The themes of the breakout rooms will be as follows:

  • Consumer/Food & Drink
  • /Education and Professional Business Services
  • Life Sciences
  • Tech
  • Automotive & Energy
  • Defence
  • Japan & FTA (general discussion on Japan market)

Innovation Leaders Summit 2021


Innovation Leaders Summit (ILS) was first held in 2014 with the support of 30 promoters and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI). It consists of business matching events between start-ups with innovative technologies and Japanese blue chips. 

Last year, 600 promising start-ups and 115 major corporations participated in “Power Matching,” an invitation-only matching program that is the highlight of ILS.  

The event takes place from 3 to 5 March 2021, online.

For further information on the Innovation Leaders Summit please visit the ILS website.

If you are interested in taking a part of Innovation Leaders Summit next year, please contact ils-info@project-nippon.jp 


REGISTRATION for UK exhibitor is CLOSED for 2021 

UK Pavilion at WIND EXPO 2021 

The UK is a global leader in offshore wind with 10.4GW of installed capacity and with vast potential for further significant growth.  

The UK Pavilion at the 2021 edition of Japan Wind Expo will showcase leading UK supply chain companies that are actively involved in the UK‘s offshore wind industry and are now looking to develop partnerships to enter the Japanese offshore wind sector 

Please find UK companies info here. (English / Japanese available)  

The event takes place from 3 to 5 March 2021, at Tokyo Big Sight on site and online.  

For further information on the WIND EXPO please visit the website .  

If you are interested in taking a part of WIND EXPO next year, please contact James.Carter@fcdo.gov.uk


International Women’s Day: Women in Trade

To mark International Women’s Day, on Monday 8th March from 1200-1330, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the British Embassy Tokyo will host a discussion on the challenges facing women in business and trade, both in the UK and Japan. This discussion is especially pertinent as the UK and Japanese Governments highlighted their commitment to Women’s Economic Empowerment in a standalone chapter of the new Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which came into force earlier this year. The event will provide a forum to discuss current challenges; share best practice; and explore potential solutions for both the UK and Japan.

We will hear from the UK Chief Negotiator of the UK-Japan CEPA and CPTPP (and Gender Champion in the UK’s Department of International Trade), Graham Zebedee, followed by a panel discussion, chaired by the Charge d’Affaires at the British Embassy, Sue Kinoshita. The panel will include senior representatives from both Japanese and UK business and government, and there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and share your experiences.

**This event is closed to the public.

UK TechFest: Networking Opportunities

REGISTRATION is CLOSED for UK companies  

This is a virtual business matching event between 29 leading UK smart cities companies and local companies in APAC following Round Table chaired by the Minister of Export, Graham Stuart. 

It aims to connect with the British technology companies that are creating innovative solutions for many of the problems associated with modern urban areas. 

Minister for Exports at the UK’s Department for International Trade, Graham Stuart MP, will launch TechFest in March with a keynote speech. 

This will be followed by a discussion on UK capabilities and the APAC smart cities landscape with industry and public sector leaders.  

The event takes place from 8 to 12 March 2021, online. 

For the participating company information, please refer to HERE.  

(*Registration for UK companies is CLOSED)  


REGISTRATION for UK exhibitor is CLOSED for 2021 

UK Pavilion at FOODEX JAPAN 2021 

FOODEX UK Pavilion will take you on a culinary journey of the United Kingdom.  We will introduce the culinary delights of all four corners of the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) with sparkling wine, craft gin, meat, seafood and cheese. Food and drink is a key sector for the UK, highlighted in the new UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed in October 2020. At our stand, we are going to have a bar counter by taking Covid-19 safety measures so that visitors can try English sparkling wine, craft gin and cheese. 

The event takes place from 9 to 12 March 2021, at Makuhari Messe.  

Due to the COVID situation, virtual exhibition is available at https://www.jma.or.jp/foodex/ from 2nd of March.  

For further information on the FOODEX please visit the website .  

If you are interested in taking a part of FOODEX next year, please contact info@exporttojapan.co.uk 

Webinar: Spotlight on Japan

In partnership with the Department for International Trade and Business Link Japan, we will be hosting a live webinar, Spotlight on Japan, on Friday 12 March 10am – 11am.

Aimed at Northern Ireland companies seeking to enter the Japanese market for the first time, companies looking to expand their business in Japan, or those looking for more information on doing business in the market, Spotlight on Japan will focus on the United Kingdom-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership – a free trade agreement between the two countries – as well the opportunities available for NI businesses.


Mark Graham, Invest Northern Ireland’s Regional Director for North East Asia In his role with Invest Northern Ireland, Mark has responsibility for delivering the North East Asia strategy, supporting local companies and education organisations to access new markets and business opportunities to grow their exports; and to attract new foreign direct investment to Northern Ireland.

Marie-Claire Joyce, Head of Trade at the British Embassy Tokyo Head of Trade at the British Embassy in Tokyo, Marie-Claire comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience of UK-Japan trade and economic policy. She, along with her team were instrumental in negotiating and implementing the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between UK and Japan in 2020.

Steve Crane OBE, CEO of Business Link Japan Steve established his first company in Japan 20 years ago, and his experience identified opportunities to support other international companies enter the market, and Business Link Japan was then incorporated as a vehicle to do just that. In 2013 Steve established Export to Japan, a Non-Profit Organisation online digital platform which has gone on to support supported thousands of UK businesses to sell their products and services in Japan.

Nick Shindo, Sales and Business Development Director at First Derivatives/Kx Nick has 12 years’ experience in marketing and selling pioneering technology solutions, and is responsible for bringing First Derivatives, and its platform Kx, to Japan. Kx is the world leader in high-performance, in-memory computing, streaming analytics and operational intelligence.

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session, providing customers with the opportunity to pose questions to the panel.

Recorded Webinar: Exporting Health Tech & Life Sciences to Japan

This webinar is suitable for both new and existing exporters to Japan and will cover steps to start or further expand presence in the Japanese market.

The focus of the webinar will be on the Japan’s digital health market.  Key presenters from the Department for International Trade (DIT) South West, DIT Japan, DAC Beachcroft and Matador Japan will provide a comprehensive look at the Japanese digital healthcare and medical devices market in 2021.

Both the legal and regulatory environments will also be discussed, ensuring attendees receive the most relevant updates on market conditions.

This webinar was hosted by the Department for International Trade. Please fill in the form below to get access to the video.

Nikkei FINSUM: FinTech Summit 2021


Nikkei FINSUM is one of the most well-known Fintech conference organised by Nikkei (Financial Times equivalent). The UK Fintech start-ups have been participating in their pitching sessions for the past years and won prises.

The event takes place from 16 to 18 March 2021, on-site at Marunouchi building, Tokyo and available to watch free live broadcast 

For further information on the Nikkei FINSUM please visit the website

Please find the programme HERE (*only available in Japanese) and registration to watch Free live broadcast HERE.  

If you are interested in taking a part of FINSUM next year, please contact info@xsum.jp 

Recorded Webinar: Introduction to Japanese eMarketplaces – Rakuten, Amazon and PayPay Mall

Join key officials from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Export to Japan for a comprehensive look at the Japanese eCommerce market in 2021.

Ecommerce in Japan is led by two brands that are little known in the west: Rakuten and PayPay Mall. The third name is more familiar: Amazon.

Overall, online marketplaces, rather than conventional online stores, dominate ecommerce in Japan. A survey of Japanese consumers by the Ecommerce Foundation found that 39% had bought from an online marketplace in the last month.

This webinar was hosted by the Department for International Trade. Please fill in the form below to get access to the video.

Recorded Webinar: “Education Market Overview Japan 2021”

Japanese educational institutions need to respond to the rapidly declining birth rate and increasing demand for world-class resources.  The UK, which has a global reputation for education, has lots to offer. But is Japan ready to accept the offer from UK?  If so, where do the opportunities exist?    

The Department for International Trade, Japan hosted its first Education sector webinar with the British Council, alongside British and Japanese education business consultants. 

This is an opportunity to learn the market overview, areas of opportunity for foreign suppliers in junior/high school business and market for International Schools in Japan.  


8:30 Opening

8:35 “The educational landscape in Japan – opportunities for the UK”

– Matthew Knowles

8:43 “Opportunities and challenges for market entry in secondary education”

 – Masatoshi Fukumoto

8:58 “Japan’s international schools market: opportunities for British brands”

  – Freddie Cloke

9:06 Q&A Session


Matthew Knowles Country Director of the British Council, Japan

After his university studies in Edinburgh and a year-long scholarship to the USA, Matt  began his career as Policy Officer in the Scottish Government’s Education Department in 2002. On joining the British Council in Edinburgh, Matt assumed the post of Manager, Scottish Networks International and Visits Coordinator (2003–2007).

From there he moved to Berlin, to facilitate the change in the British Council’s operation there, and then to Italy as Director of Programmes (2007-2008). There followed a five-year posting in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as Head of Programmes and Partnerships, after which Matt was London based as British Council’s Regional Head for East Asia, EU Europe, Wider Europe and the Americas (2012-2015).

Moving to Shanghai Matt served as the East China Area Director (2015-2019), before his appointment to the post of Director, British Council Japan in January 2020.

Masatoshi Fukumoto Corenet Educational Research Institute

Yokohama Research Center Manager

After graduating from university, Masatoshi was a teacher at a private high school.

Since 2006, he has been supporting the management of private junior and senior high schools at the Corenet Educational Research Institute. He was assigned to his current position in 2016. He also has experience in coaching children between 3 -12 years old in a local football club.

His area of expertise is the theory of enhancing the effects of learning and also careers education directed at meeting the needs of the modern world.

Freddie Cloke ISC Research School Development Manager

As School Development Manager at ISC Research, Freddie works closely with investors and schools, helping them to identify commercial opportunities within the international K-12 schools sector. Freddie is based in Shanghai, China and spends much of his time visiting schools and investors globally and advising them on the international schools’ market and associated opportunities for development.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from University College London, Freddie embarked on a Masters’ programme in International Relations, taught in Mandarin, at Wuhan University in China. Following that, he established an education consultancy business there to recruit Chinese students to UK independent schools and universities.

Facilitator: Kirsten O’Connor

Kirsten O’Connor is Senior Education Advisor at Clarence Education Asia. She is also the Founder and Director of QUEST TOKYO KK, a company offering a range of educational services and tutoring to the Japanese and international communities in Tokyo. Kirsten is a UK qualified teacher and taught in London before moving to Tokyo in 2001.

During her 17 years at The British School in Tokyo she was Head of Years 1 & 2, Deputy Head Teacher and for the final six years served as Head Teacher of the Primary School. An Entrepreneur Member of the BCCJ (British Chamber of Commerce in Japan), Kirsten is also an active Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Japan Fellows Network and founder of Talk Education Tokyo.

Japan – Supply Chain Cyber Security Virtual Pitch Event Call for Applications

The offer: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen increasing and more sophisticated cybercrimes targeted at supply chains. Japan is no exception, with leading firms in the automotive and defence industries amongst others falling as victims to cyber attacks that have disrupted supply chains. This has led to increased interest in solutions to this challenge and prompted a cross-industry initiative to address this critical thread to business.  

The pitch event, together with the UK-Japan Supply Chain Cyber Security Webinar on 23 March, will be part of the Partnering with Japan – Spring ’21 Free Trade Agreement series which aims to promote the UK-Japan industry partnership under the recently signed Free Trade Agreement. The pitch session will provide an opportunity for UK cyber security companies to introduce their innovative technology and solutions to a Japanese industry audience and to explore business opportunities in Japan.

Fee:Free of charge

Places: 6

Accepted applicants will be notified by 26 February.

What to expect from the opportunity:

  • Opportunity to pitch to a business audience in Japan (via a recorded pitch for 5 mins, provided prior to the event) and to engage with them via a live Q&A session.
  • Contact details where agreed with Japanese audience
  • Promotion to local traditional and social media
  • Company info translated and published on the event website

Eligibility to apply for the opportunity:

  • UK registered company
  • You have a compelling offer to address issues/challenges in supply chain cyber security such as OT security, IoT Security, supplier IT security management, global IT security governance, hardware embedded technology etc.
  • You have been trading in the supply chain cyber security sector for a minimum of two years
  • You have products/services ready to trade (i.e. not under development or concepts)


GST 23:59, Monday, 22 February 2021

 Full detailed information available here.

Technology & Advanced Manufacturing opportunities in Japan

This webinar is open to companies offering innovative technologies from Smart Mobility which could include but not limited to; Zero Carbon Public transport, Electric Vehicle charging stations and supply of EV equipment along with technologies in hydrogen supply, research and development across Infrastructure, Renewable Energies in Advanced Engineering. 

Full details of the event are available here.


Sarah Hildersley – High Growth Market Specialist: Department for International Trade SW

With extensive business development experience as a British diplomat all over the world helping UK companies achieve sales success, and private sector experience from Iraq, Sarah now advises South West companies on their approach to selling in complex markets in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  Having worked extensively with small businesses and some of the largest UK firms, Sarah is well placed to help our companies secure sales in the most efficient way.  Sarah helps companies analyse their route to market and to secure sustainable sales.  She recently took on the expanded role of High Growth Markets Specialist in recognition of our levelling-up plans to help South West companies break into new markets

Andrew Clare, Legal Director at DAC Beachcroft

Andrew Clare is a corporate lawyer in the firm’s Manchester office.

Andrew has been involved in a number of ground breaking transactions at previous law firms, including:

  • US$1.2 billion refinancing of a major Japanese telecoms company, then the largest financing deal of its type ever done in Asia;
  • Simultaneous disposal of shares and assets in a brand name telecoms group across three European jurisdictions;
  • Reverse takeover and IPO of a significant Scandinavian cosmetics company;
  • Global business process outsourcing (BPO) agreement for a major pharmaceutical group.

Having spent almost a decade in Japan, Andrew also has particular expertise in advising Japanese businesses both in Japan and the UK and is able to work in the Japanese language.

James Carter, Head of Renewable Energy and Automotive trade for the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy Tokyo

The team is split between Tokyo and Osaka, and primarily focuses on offshore wind and automotive, while covering other energy related sectors such as hydrogen and electricity grid management.

Rhydian Pountney, Former Director of Group Comerical Services, Renishaw

Rhydian Pountney recently retired as the Director of Group Commercial Services at Renishaw plc responsible for marketing, commercial support and the field service operations. Joined Renishaw in 1979 and spent most of his working career in International Sales & Marketing including spending four years in Hong Kong and China. During his time at Renishaw Rhydian has been responsible for establishing numerous offices throughout Asia and Central Europe

Rhydian was also the UK chair of the Technology Collaboration and Advanced Engineering Working Group of the India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) and is a DIT South West Export Champion

The Fifth UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum

You are cordially invited to the 5th annual UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum, to be held on Thursday 10th June 2021. Supported by the British Market Council, Japan Atomic Industrial Forum and the UK Nuclear Industry Association.

If you would like to attend, please express your interest via the form following this link.  Please share this invitation within your organisation to others who might also be interested.

Normally an in-person event at the British Embassy, in 2021 this will be an online forum due to COVID-19 restrictions. We hope to be back in person in 2022. There is no charge for attending this event. Questions can be submitted to the presenters for a Q&A session either ahead of the session or live during the event.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

08:00 – 08:05 / 16:00 – 16:05 – Opening

08:00 – 08:05 / 16:00 – 16:05 – Opening of 5th UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum (Julia Longbottom CMG, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Japan)

08:05 – 08:55 / 16:05 – 16:55 – Nuclear Policy and Bilateral Relationship

08:05 – 08:15 / 16:05 – 16:15 – Nuclear and Net Zero in the UK (Mr. Chris Bowbrick, Deputy Director, Nuclear Generation Policy, Sector Deal and International, BEIS)

08:15 – 08:25 / 16:15 – 16:25 – Nuclear and Net Zero in Japan (Ms. Eri Nakatani, Deputy Director, Nuclear Energy Policy Planning Division, METI)

08:25 – 08:45 / 16:25 – 16:45 – UK-Japan Decommissioning Relationship (Dr. Adrian Simper, Chief Scientific Officer, NDA & Professor Hajimu Yamana, President, NDF)

08:45 – 08:55 / 16:45 – 16:55 – Q&A Session

08:55 – 09:50 / 16:55 – 17:50 – Decommissioning Updates from Japan

08:55 – 09:10 / 16:55 – 17:10 – Fukushima Daiichi: Current Status and Challenges (Mr. Kazuhito Takeda, Group Manager, International Relations and Strategy Group, TEPCO)

09:10 – 09:25 / 17:10 – 17:25 – Status of R&D Conducted by IRID & Status of Normal D&D on Japanese NPPs (Mr. Toyoaki Yamauchi, President, IRID & Senior Executive Officer & General Manager, Decommissioning Project Department, JAPC)

09:25 – 09:40 / 17:25 – 17:40 – Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Dr. Yoshihiro Meguro, Director, Project Promotion Department, JAEA)

09:40 – 09:50 / 17:40 – 17:50 – Q&A Session

09:50 – 09:55 / 17:50 – 17:55 – Break

09:55 – 10:50 / 17:55 – 18:50 – Decommissioning Updates from the UK

09:55 – 10:05 / 17:55 – 18:05 – The NDA Group: Making a Difference for Future Generations (Mr. Clive Nixon, Group Chief Nuclear Strategy Officer, NDA)

10:05 – 10:15 / 18:05 – 18:15 – Sellafield Update (Ms. Claire James, External Affairs)

10:15 – 10:28 / 18:15 – 18:28 – Supply Chain Management at Dounreay (Mr. Mark Rouse, Managing Director, DSRL)

10:28 – 10:40 / 18:28 – 18:40 – The Role of the UK Supply Chain in Supporting Decommissioning (Mr. David Luckhurst, Operations Director Decommissioning Projects, Jacobs)

10:40 – 10:50 / 18:40 – 18:51 – Q&A Session

10:50 – 11:00 / 18:50 – 19:00 – Closing

10:50 – 11:00 / 16:50 – 19:00 – Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning: 10 Years Since the Accident (Mr. Akira Ono, Chief Decommissioning Officer)

Video: Trading with Japan – What does the new Free Trade Agreement mean for your business?

Are you looking for new markets for your products and/or services? Have the events of the last 12 months made you rethink your sales strategy and are you considering growing your overseas business?

Join the Department for International Trade (DIT) North East and DIT Japan for an in-depth briefing session, discussing the Free Trade Agreement and what it means for North East businesses looking to expand in this market. 

The UK has recently signed a Free Trade Agreement with Japan offering UK businesses the opportunity to capitalise on new opportunities, streamlining market entry and making “doing” business easier.

But how much do you know about this key export market?

  • It is the third largest economy after the US and China
  • It is possible to set up a business in Japan in two weeks
  • You can establish profitable business there in 3-5 years
  • It is globally connected with 20 ports and 5 international airports

What does this mean for North East businesses?

All UK businesses benefit from a tariff-free trade on 99% of exports and there are opportunities across many sectors including:

  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Food & Drink
  • Digital Services
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Renewable Energy

With a history of technological innovation, digital excellence, achievements in life sciences and a strong food and drink and retail offer, North East businesses are in a strong position to take advantage of the new trading relationship.

Why watch?

  • Gain insight into the Japanese market from in-market experts
  • Hear from leading figures from North East companies who have found success in Japan and find out how they did it
  • Learn about the full range of support and information available from DIT to help you with your export plans

This is a great opportunity to find out more about the opportunities available within this market and how your business can benefit from trading in Japan.

Dr Arnab Basu MBE
Chief Executive Officer

Kromek Group
Kromek is a leading developer of high-performance radiation detection solutions, originally founded 17 years ago as a spinout from Durham University. The company designs, develops and produces x-ray and gamma-ray imaging and radiation detection products for the medical, nuclear and security screening markets. Kromek has 116 employees in the UK and USA and has been exporting since it began. Its first contract was providing specialist materials
for the European Space Agency in 2005. Exports make up 90% of Kromek’s turnover and its main markets are North America, Europe and Asia. Kromek won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2020.
Export Champion, Dr Arnab Basu MBE, says new exporters should “Get to know the market, the culture and local business practices; have a strategy and find the right partner. Working with DIT’s in-country team is a great way to start.”
Dai Hayward
Chief Executive Officer

Micropore Technologies
Micropore Technologies has developed an award winning, fully integrated technology solution – from lab to full manufacturing – which enables manufacturers of formulated products to improve their product performance and their economics by precision control over the size and size distribution of their micro-capsules, micro-particles and micro-emulsions. Clients have reported on the elimination of waste, and simplification of their manufacturing
processes. Sectors the company work with include pharmaceutical, agrochemical, food, household products, aerospace and many others. 80% of the company’s turnover is exports and since 2010 they have been
exporting to the USA, Europe, Canada, India and SE Asia. In 2019, Micropore Technologies established a full-time presence in India and the USA. Chief Executive Officer, Dai Hayward says “Exporting doesn’t have to be
daunting but does require patience and a long-term commitment. Do your market and cultural research and make sure you work to develop relationships.If in doubt, ask in-country experts for help.”
Keith Miller

Miller Ground Breaking
Miller UK manufactures buckets, quick couplers and other attachments for the international construction equipment supply chain. The company, which has its global HQ in the North East of England, were pioneers in delivering the world’s first ever fully automatic, universal pin grabber coupler range in 1986 which transformed productivity within the construction sector, and the company has continued to lead the way by continually innovating and setting the industry standard for attachment safety ever since. Keith Miller is the founder and group chairman of the global attachments specialist establishing an international business with offices in Newcastle, China, Australia and India. Originally set up in 1978 as an attachment repair service, Miller UK quickly moved to the manufacturing of specialist attachment solutions and have been exporting their products for over 35 years. Miller UK are a good example of an innovative UK based company who are servicing the global construction equipment industry. Export sales currently account for 60% of business revenue and the company have plans to build on their diverse global portfolio revenue stream with a particular growth focus on North America and Australia.

UK Education Business Showcase in Japan 2021

Japan is currently undertaking reforms in school education, and the new National Curriculum Standards (implemented from 2020 to 2022) aims for the teaching of English to be mandatory from third grade at elementary schools.

In terms of EdTech, the GIGA (Global and Innovation Gateway for All) School Program has been established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and this will support municipalities to advance ICT environments and implement cutting-edge technology for education. MEXT reported in March 2021, that 98% of municipalities had provided a device to each student and rolled out high-speed internet in schools.

In light of these major policies, the Department for International Trade (DIT) Japan will host our first online education business showcase (a webinar, with simultaneous interpretation) for selected UK providers. This event will provide UK education providers with an opportunity to demonstrate their products & services and will also raise the profile, awareness and interest in UK education with Japanese stakeholders. The event may be split into two separate sessions, guided by the streams of education represented at the event.

1-2-1 meetings: There will also be an opportunity for UK providers to engage in 1-2-1s with local stakeholders, and prior to the webinar, a UK delegate brochure will be circulated to Japanese companies. On their registration, Japanese participants will have the option of requesting specific meetings with the UK participants. DIT Japan will facilitate introductions before handing over to the interested parties to arrange a slot. Please note that DIT are not able to guarantee the number of these meetings for the UK participants.

If you are interested in attending this event, please submit your application via the link below by 13th May. There is a selection process and applicants will be advised by 21 May.*

Dates: 21st and 22nd June, 2021

Time: 8:30 – 9:45 UK Time

Location: Zoom

Participation Fee: Free (unless UK delegates wish to use an interpreter for any 1-2-1 meetings that they arrange)

Number of UK providers: 15, with a maximum of x2 representatives per provider

Enquiry: noriko.oda@fcdo.gov.uk

Partnering with Japan’s blue-chip companies: Reverse pitching series

There has never been a better time to do business with Japan.

Since January the UK has a new Free Trade Agreement with the world’s third largest economy, opening even more opportunities for UK companies to forge partnerships and generate new business in this dynamic Asian country.

Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, the Department for International Trade and Tech Nation are delighted to announce a launch of first of its kind event called ‘Reverse pitching series’ and invite innovative technology companies in the UK to explore the business opportunities in Japan.

In each session of this series a renowned Japanese blue-chip company is selected as a speaker. In this session Toshiba will give a talk on the technical issues they are currently faced with in order to seek solutions that UK companies could offer to resolve it. The talk is not limited to seeking the solutions for the issues, they are also keen to discover innovative technologies to jointly explore the market in Japan and globally making the most of the network they have. Once you identify the solution(s) to offer, there will be a separate one to one meeting set up between your company and the Japanese company for a detailed discussion.

As this is organised in a business matching format, the discussion is expected to be focused and effective, and the outcome is likely to lead to a partnership within a minimum time.

Message from Toshiba

Toshiba was founded in 1875 as manufacturing company, and currently Toshiba group delivers digital solutions business worldwide in four functional segments, device and products, infrastructure system, infrastructure services and data services. Infrastructure services is core of Toshiba and further evolve by promoting data utilization and digitization. Toshiba has two advantages which is the fusion of physical and cyber technologies. Toshiba creates new add value of business and contribute to the development society with the strengths of CPS (Cyber Physical Systems) technologies like information technology, digital technology and AI technology by combine the knowledge and achievements of these business areas.

Toshiba expands industrial IoT services which branding name is “TOSHIBA SPINEX”, and its own reference architecture as a common guideline for creating industrial IoT services. Toshiba would like to deliver TOSHBA SPINEX brand industrial IoT services in the world on this architecture and form an ecosystem with many partners in the global market.

Now is the time to spring into Japan.

Daiichi Sankyo Introduction Seminar

Join Dr Kunihiko Fujii, introduced by Professor Neil Carragher, to find out more about collaborating with Daiichi Sankyo, the global pharmaceutical company originating from Japan.

This webinar is a great opportunity to learn more about the company itself, their research priorities and collaboration structures available to support your translational research, as well as potentially arranging a follow up 1:1 call, allowing you to further explore partnering options.

Dr Fujii will give an overview of Daiichi Sankyo and their core areas of interest which include:

  • Validated binder against novel antigen that highly expresses in tumor cell with no expression in normal cell
  • Novel technology of AAV gene therapies which enable as follows:
    • Repeated dosing by avoiding effect of neutralization antibody to AAV
    • Larger gene size delivery with AAV vector (more than 5 kilobases)
  • Novel DDS technology of siRNA or antisense oligonucleotides (ASO) for tissue specific targeting to CNS (in addition muscle and cancer tissue)

There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.


Dr Kunihiko Fujii has been Manager of Business Development & Licensing Search & Evaluation programme at Daiichi Sankyo since 2019. He has worked at the company since gaining his PhD from the University of Tokyo.

Manufacturing World Osaka 2021

As Asia’s leading & the largest show in West Japan for the manufacturing industry, Manufacturing World Osaka will be celebrating its 23rd Anniversary this year.
Manufacturing World Osaka is dedicated to present wide variety, high quality and valuable exhibits, providing a One-Stop-Solution platform for industry professionals to gather industry information and find business partners. Categorized into 6 specialized shows, thousands of mechanical components, engineering design, subcontracting services, factory equipment, IT, AI/IoT, 3D printing,  additive manufacturing solutions and comprehensive range of high-quality products/services/technologies can be found under one roof.

Webinar: UK-Japan Digital Health Regulatory Framework and Support for Innovation

Digital health development is taking place in an increasing pace and it can be an answer to many of the challenges in global healthcare. Regulatory framework also needs to evolve to accommodate the new technology development for smooth adaptation of new innovations both in the UK and in Japan.

In this webinar, we invite NICE, NHSX from the UK and MHLW from Japan to discuss opportunities and challenges we face in the digital health. Please join us to discuss how we can work in collaboration to bring innovation in healthcare field.


9:00 GMTOpening Remarks Marie-Claire Joyce, Counsellor, Head of Trade, DIT, British Embassy Tokyo
9:05Digital health technology classification and evidence requirements Ms Jeanette Kusel, Director for Scientific Advice, NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)
9:20Foreseeability of reimbursement (applicability, price) (tentative) Dr Indra Joshi, Director of AI, NHSX
9:35DX (Digital Transformation) Action Strategies in Healthcare for SaMD (DASH for SaMD) Mr Yuhei FUKUTA, Deputy Director, Office of Software as a Medical Device Evaluation, Medical Device Evaluation Division, Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare
9:50Panel Discussion

Moderator: Ms Rie FUKAYA, Head, Global Clinical Regulatory Strategy, DG Lab, Digital Garage, Inc.


As a “comprehensive exhibition of Society 5.0” covering a wide range of industries and sectors, CEATEC showcases exhibitors’ visions and new business models in interdisciplinary areas for the future society using advanced technologies.

The CEATEC 2021 ONLINE Main Event will be held from Tuesday, October 19 to Friday, October 22, 2021.
During the Main Event, visitors will be able to chat with exhibitors and watch presentations in real time.

After the Main Event, the exhibition will be archived until Tuesday, November 30, 2021, and visitors will be able to access the recorded content.

Partnering with Japan’s blue-chip companies: Reverse pitching series 2nd session with NTT Data

Since January the UK has a new Free Trade Agreement with the world’s third largest economy, opening even more opportunities for UK companies to forge partnerships and generate new business in this dynamic Asian country.

Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, the Department for International Trade and Tech Nation are delighted to announce a launch of first of its kind event called ‘Reverse pitching series’ and invite innovative technology companies in the UK to explore the business opportunities in Japan.

In each session of this series a renowned Japanese blue-chip company is selected as a speaker. In this session NTT Data will give a talk on the technical issues they are currently faced with in order to seek solutions that UK companies could offer to resolve it. The talk is not limited to seeking the solutions for the issues, they are also keen to discover innovative technologies to jointly explore the market in Japan and globally making the most of the network they have. Once you identify the solution(s) to offer, there will be a separate one to one meeting set up between your company and the Japanese company for a detailed discussion.

As this is organised in a business matching format, the discussion is expected to be focused and effective, and the outcome is likely to lead to a partnership within a minimum time.

Message/introduction from NTT Data

NTT Data is an arm of systems integrator (SIer) under NTT group. We have approximately 320 subsidiaries, including NTT Data UK, all over the world and provide our global clients with systems integration services, as one of the top 10 SIers across the globe.

We have been driving forward open innovation for 8 years in order to develop collaborative businesses, which forms win-win-win relationships between our client, outside party (our business partner) and NTT Data.

From the viewpoint of outside parties, there are three (3) NTT Data’s assets, which can help them expand their businesses, our client base, our world-class technologies and in-kind contribution. To be more specific, outside parties can roll out their solution through NTT Data to our clients. With regard to our world-class technologies, they can beef up or scale up their solutions or technologies. In terms of in-kind contribution, we can afford to make an in-kind contribution, which means we can cover the cost we need to materialize the collaborative businesses. For the further information, please feel free to join our reverse pitching event.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the event and your proposals for joint businesses with NTT Data.

UK Japan Digital Health Virtual Mission 2021

Japan is the world’s 3rd largest economy by GDP and is well known as an innovation powerhouse. The Japanese government is keen to accelerate digitisation and the healthcare sector is one of its focus areas. It is a growing sector with both the UK and Japan sharing the same challenges: ageing society with increasing healthcare needs, development of regulatory framework and ability to fully integrate technology into practice.

Department for International Trade (DIT) is hosting a virtual Digital Health mission to Japan in November 2021. This mission will provide a great opportunity to access the Japanese Digital Health Market.

Full details and registration link are available here.

Partnering with Japan’s blue-chip companies: Reverse pitching series 3rd session with ITOCHU Corporation

Since January the UK has a new Free Trade Agreement with the world’s third largest economy, opening even more opportunities for UK companies to forge partnerships and generate new business in this dynamic Asian country.

Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, the Department for International Trade and Tech Nation are delighted to announce a launch of first of its kind event called ‘Reverse pitching series’ and invite innovative technology companies in the UK to explore the business opportunities in Japan.

In each session of this series a renowned Japanese blue-chip company is selected as a speaker. In this session, ITOCHU Corporation will present the technical issues they are currently facing  and where they are looking for solutions from UK tech companies. ITOCHU are also keen to discover where they can join with UK innovative technology companies to explore the market in Japan and across the world leveraging their global network. Should UK companies identify solutions they can offer, there will be separate one to one meetings set up after this session. As this is organised in a business matching format, the discussion is expected to be focused and effective, and we hope that it is likely to lead to partnerships.

Message from ITOCHU Corporation

With approximately 100 offices in 62 countries, ITOCHU is a Japanese trading and investment company engaging in domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various products such as textile, machinery, metals, minerals, energy, chemicals, food, general products, realty, information and communications technology, finance, as well as business investment in Japan and overseas.

The “Sampo-yoshi (meaning good for the seller, good for the buyer, good for society)” spirit represents our unwavering ideal as a merchant. In keeping with this focus, rather than seeking to achieve a single target, we aim to achieve “all the priorities:” short-term and medium- to long-term targets, economic value and environmental / social value, targets for investors and shareholders, for business partners and financial institutions, for society and employees and their families. Steadily building up trust and results in this way is the company’s approach that aims to sustainably enhance corporate value.

The UK is one of the most important and active markets for ITOCHU. In addition to ITOCHU’s trading businesses, there are quite a few group companies such as KwikFit (fast-fit specialists), First Response Finance (auto finance company), Plastribution (plastics raw materials distributor), Hiyacar (car sharing platform) and JustPark (parking space matching platform) to name a few.

Depending on the industry and our operation we are expecting to create synergies with the advanced companies in the UK.

Partnership opportunity with leading Japanese pharmaceutical companies

DIT Japan hosted a webinar to facilitate collaboration between UK life sciences companies and universities and Japanese pharmaceutical companies on 18 November 2021.

Speakers for this webinar are representatives from Astellas Pharma Inc, Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation in charge of pre-clinical stage R&D and business development.


9:00-9:25 Astellas Pharma

9:25-9:50 Daiichi Sankyo

9:50-10:15 Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma

Q&A Moderator: Dr Ivana Poparic, Head of Life Sciences Cluster Development, MedCity

Some of the key interest areas from the companies are:

Astellas Pharma Inc

  • PROTACs: Established novel E3 binder
  • Otology: Hair cell regeneration, Strial vascular function improvement and Neuro regeneration
  • Engineered Antibodies: Next generation conditional activation technology
  • Immuno-science: Treg-related biology, Microglia/Macrophage biology
  • In vivo Direct Reprogramming: Nervous, immune, hepatic, cardiovascular systems and connective tissues
  • Chronobiology: Nobel targets and approaches that regulate circadian rhythm

Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd

  • Validated binder against novel antigen that highly expresses in tumor cell with no expression in normal cell
  • Novel technology of AAV gene therapies which enable as follows.
    • Repeated dosing by avoiding effect of neutralization antibody to AAV
    • Larger gene size delivery with AAV vector (more than 5 kilobases)
  • Novel DDS technology of siRNA or antisense oligonucleotides (ASO) for tissue specific targeting to CNS (in addition muscle, bone marrow, blood cell, pancreas and cancer tissue)

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Wish list

  • Neurodegenerative diseases: ALS, MELAS, MSA, PSP
  • Autoimmune diseases: SLE, Myositis, Vasculitis (differentiated approach)
  • DDS technologies of oligonucleotide therapeutics that enable persistence in the CNS, controlled distribution in the brain and delivery from the periphery to the CNS

This webinar is a great opportunity to learn more about the Japanese pharmaceutical companies, their research priorities and collaboration structures.

Tech Growth Programme Japan Pitch Day


The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to the Japan market briefing which is part of the Technology Growth Programme. The aim of the programme is to support  UK based SMEs to grow their overseas presence through a structured programme of support.

Japan has always been at the forefront of technology. There is now an opportunity for UK businesses to have significant collaboration and implementation in the Japanese market thanks to the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed in 2020.

Now is the time to grow your business in Japan to make the most of the opportunities in areas such as AI and Fintech.

Why should you join this event

This event is aimed at companies wanting to expand their business in Japan. It is designed to help you understand and access the opportunites in this lucrative market with the help of DIT.

Join us on Tuesday, 30 November 2021 to hear from DIT colleagues in Japan, JEITA, and the Fintech Assoctiation, as they present an overview of the Japanese technology market.


09:00 – Introduction and Overview of the Digital Trade Network and the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) – Euan Edwards, Head of Digital Trade Network, British Embassy, Tokyo

09:15 – Technology Overview – JEITA, The biggest technology industry association in Japan

09:30 – Fintech Overview – Fintech Association

09:45 – Next Steps – Naomi Machii, Head of Technology and Deputy Head of Trade Team, British Embassy, Tokyo

Partnering with Japan’s blue-chip companies: Reverse pitching series 4th session with MACNICA, Inc.

Since January the UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement has been in place, opening even more opportunities for UK companies to forge partnerships and generate new business in the world’s third largest economy.

Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Tech Nation, the growth platform for UK tech, are delighted to be running a Reverse Pitching Series where we are inviting innovative technology companies from the UK to hear from large Japanese blue-chip companies on their business challenges.

In each session of this series a renowned Japanese company is selected to reverse pitch to UK tech companies.

Reverse pitching with MACNICA

In this session MACNICA, Inc. will present the technical issues they are currently facing and where they are looking for solutions from UK tech companies. MACNICA are also keen to discover where they can join with UK innovative technology companies to explore the market in Japan and across the world leveraging their global network. Should UK companies identify solutions they can offer, there will be separate one to one meetings set up after this session. As this is organised in a business matching format, the discussion is expected to be focused and effective, and we hope that it is likely to lead to partnerships.

Please use the link above to register your interest in attending this session.

Message from MACNICA

Macnica, Inc. is a highly technical value-added distributor and service solution provider. Since it was established in Japan in 1972, Macnica has provided leading-edge semiconductors, networks and cyber security solutions with value added services. More recently Macnica has been actively developing new businesses in the field of AI, IoT, Autonomous Driving and Smart City solutions.

Our core strategy is to partner with innovative technology companies around the globe, and closely collaborate with them to build meaningful solutions for a better and more sustainable society.

This time we are looking for partners in the verticals of Smart Mobility and SpaceTech. Smart Mobility covers 3D sensors, perception solutions, autonomous driving software, fleets, fleet management systems and any applications for MaaS.

SpaceTech includes but not limited to IoT, cyber security, satellite data analytics, and any kind of autonomous and remote technology solution for space services.

We are looking forward to meeting interesting companies and discuss how to create new value for local markets together. Macnica can be your Go-To-Market partner for Japan, Asia and beyond.

For more information, please visit https://www.macnica.co.jp/

Now is the time to spring into Japan.

OPEN INNOVATION | Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation

Application period: 5:00AM , Jan. 6, 2022 GMT to 8:00AM , Feb. 28, 2022 GMT

ASAHI KASEI PHARMA OPEN INNOVATION is an open innovation platform started in 2018 to recruit candidates for research collaborations related to drug discovery.

They aim to create innovative new drugs to match their corporate philosophy, ”contribute to life and living for people around the world”. Realizing this goal requires the combined power of many researchers, both internal and external to the company, providing innovation through the integration of their knowledge.

They will accept a broad range of proposals from around the world based upon the programme criteria. They would like to have candidates that will work together with our researchers, who are professionals in drug discovery research, to promote drug discovery research with practical applications.

1. Autoimmune Diseases

2. Critical Care Medicine

3. Neurodegenerative Diseases

4. Pain and Neuropathy

5. Bone Diseases

6. Drug Discovery Platform Technology

Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation will offer selected candidates collaborative research opportunities, with research funding and contribution to the program through their scientists’ research activities. If the program achieves progress, they will consider a separate license agreement that includes payments such as upfront, milestones, and royalties.

DSEI Japan

Taking place 26-28 January 2022, the second edition of DSEI Japan will bring the global defence and security sector together with the entire Japanese and wider Asian defence community to innovate, partner and share knowledge under one roof across three days.

The event is brought to you by the same organisers of DSEI.

Advanced Therapy Webinar and Partnering Opportunity in Japan

LINK-J is organising an on-line event featuring live presentations and pre-arranged 1-1 partnering meetings in the Advanced Therapy area on 28 January 2022 (Japan time – 9 hours ahead of UK).

The title of the event is “Advanced Therapy Showcase in Tokyo (ATST)” #2, following the successful organisation of the launch event ATST#1 in 2020.

The language of the event will be in English.

Target areas are Advanced Therapy including regenerative medicine, cell and gene therapy (CGT), nucleic acid therapy, and extracellular vesicles and so on.

Target attendees are companies and researchers engaged in advanced therapy development such as seed possessors, startups, SMEs, pharma companies, investors, and other related stakeholders.

The list of last year’s attendees is here.

To participate as a presenter

DIT Japan is given a special discount rate for UK presenters to speak for 15,000 yen (discounted from 20,000 yen). If you are interested in the presentation opportunity, please contact DIT Japan at LS.Japan.trade@fco.gov.uk and they will be happy to make an introduction to the event organiser to participate at discounted rate.

Registration deadline for live-streaming presenters: Friday 10 December, 2021 JST

To participate as an audience member

For UK companies wish to join the event as seminar audience and/or 1-1 partnering attendees, this is free of charge. Please contact DIT Japan at LS.Japan.trade@fco.gov.uk for an introduction to the event organiser.

Deadline for registration as audience member: Friday 28 January 2022

Dementia Innovation Challenge – partnering opportunities with Eizai Co Ltd and Digital Garage

Eizai Co Ltd and Digital Garage will run “Open Network Lab BioHealth Dementia Innovation Challenge” for businesses that open up various opportunities to solve issues related to dementia in 2022.

Some of the key themes are given below, but any organisations with technologies or services that fall under the theme are welcome to apply.

  • Drug discovery technology
  • Biomarkers / Digital biomarkers
  • Medical device/ system / programme / services
  • Imaging / data / algorithms

The selection process will begin in January 2022, and the programme will run from March to June 2022. Full details are available via the link above.

Foodex Japan 2022

The Department for International Trade delivered the UK Pavilion at FOODEX Japan 2022 from 8 to 11 March.

Over 33,000 people visited the event, and eight UK companies from across the four nations were on display as part of the UK pavilion.  

English Sparkling Wine
EnglandBlack Chalk
ScotlandEight Land Gin
N IrelandFeckin Gin / Echlinville Gin
WalesCalon Wen
ScotlandThe Scottish Salmon Company
WalesThe Lobster Pot (Anglesey) Ltd

The chefs from the British Embassy Tokyo also took part, putting on a demonstration of British roast beef, Scottish salmon and Welsh lamb cawl. Participation in the show has already developed strong leads for the UK exhibitors.

Approximately 200 Japanese buyers, importers and media representatives sampled the British beef, Welsh lamb, Scottish salmon, and English stilton cheese together with three different kinds of English Sparkling Wine.

More information can be found on the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s website.

Launch of the Export to Japan Rakuten Store

Supported by ITIC/ British Market Council

Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, Export to Japan, working in partnership with the Department for International Trade, is delighted to announce the ‘Export to Japan Rakuten Store’.

This is the first programme of its kind, which will help UK exporters sell on Rakuten, one of Japan’s largest e-commerce platforms, from late March 2022. 

For the platform launch campaign, Export to Japan is looking to partner with high quality UK companies in the fashion sector. 

The UK is well regarded in Japan for its world leading fashion brands, and this programme is a fantastic opportunity for UK fashion companies to enter the Japanese market.

Successful companies will receive tailored, hands-on support to get their products on Rakuten, as well as help with localisation and product marketing.

About Rakuten

Rakuten is one of Japan’s largest companies, and its online marketplace has a over a quarter of the market share of e-commerce sales in Japan.

Sales on the platform in 2019 amounted to £29 bn, and the platform has seen considerable growth in in 2020 and 2021. Check out the Export to Japan Podcast episode with Mike Nguyen from Rakuten to learn more.

Collaboration Opportunities with Ono Pharmaceutical in Non-clinical Stage or Late Stage of Drug Discovery Programs

Ono Pharmaceutical (Ono) is a medium-sized, R&D-oriented Japanese pharmaceutical company which first developed and launched Opdivo, a first in class PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor.

Ono focuses its research on the oncology, immunology, neurology and specialty research with high medical needs as priority areas for discovery and development of innovative drugs. Ono is looking for partnering opportunities with venture or biotech companies who have non-clinical stage or late stage of drug discovery program.

The Department for International Trade in Japan (DIT Japan) held an online seminar together with Ono Pharmaceutical and One Nucleus to enable you to learn about Ono’s research priorities and collaboration opportunities.

Core interest areas are:



  • Mechanism of primary or acquired resistance to ICI (immune checkpoint inhibitors)
  • Activation of innate immunity

Next generation targeted therapy

  • Tumour intrinsic vulnerability in specific patient population
  • Synthetic lethality mechanism


  • New modality to overcome current treatment difficulties (Cell therapy, Oncolytic virus, Modified antibody etc) 
  • Advanced small molecule approach against undruggable targets
  • Tumour targeting drug delivery


Therapeutic areas

  • Autoimmune diseases 
  • Oncology (immunomodulation) 
  • Allergy

Focused Biology

  • Acquired immunity 
  • Innate immunity 
  • Multispecific molecules 


Therapeutic areas

  • Neurodegeneration: Alzheimer Disease, Parkinson Disease, ALS, Multiple System Atrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke    etc. 
  • Psychiatry: Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Sleep Disorder    etc.
  • Pain: Nerve Injury, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis    etc.

Focused Biology

  • Glial cell biology
  • Neuro inflammation 

Areas of interest

  • Glial Cell Biology
  • New findings in Neuro-Glial Cell Biology 
  • Glial Cell Modulation by Opto/Chemogenetic Approach

Novel Molecular Targets

  • Target Identification via CRISPR/Cas screening 
  • Pharmacological/Biological/Genetic Validation of Novel Molecular Targets
  • Epigenetics/Epitranscriptomics Novel Molecular Targets

New Technologies

  • Small Molecule Protein/Others Degradation Technology in CNS
  • Combination Patients’ Brain Imaging & Genetics
  • Patient-derived iPSC / Novel Applications
  • Prediction of Clinical Efficacy in 3D Organoids
  • Human Glial Cell Xenograft Models
  • Delivery Technology into Brain 


Areas of interest

  • Age-related disorders:Cellular Senescence
  • Senomorphic/Senolysis/Rejuvenation/SASP 


  • Effective new concepts in non-responder 
  • Replaceable new concepts to the first-line treatment 


  • Fibrolysis concepts as curative treatments 

Tissue regeneration 

  • Manipulation by small molecules or biologics 

UK-Japan Fintech Meetup

An opportunity to seek partnerships with Japanese blue chips

The pandemic has not only revealed Japan’s digital vulnerability but also lead to acceleration of plans for digital transformation. (eg. cashless transaction, remote working) over the past two years. Japan’s national vision ‘Society 5.0’ aims to realise data-driven, human-centric society underpinned by emerging technologies including AI, IoT and Fintech. Tokyo and Osaka are looking to position themselves as regional financial hubs, with a strong focus on fintech. Also, there is a growing need for digital technologies to transform the current, retail banking-dominant financial market, as well as legacy IT infrastructure within Japanese financial institutions. This presents significant opportunity for the UK fintech companies.

In light of these policies and business trends, the Department for International Trade (DIT) Japan will host, in partnership with JFSA (Japanese Financial Services Agency), our first online Fintech meetup (a pitch session, followed by breakout room discussions) for selected UK fintech companies. This event will provide UK fintech companies with an opportunity to pitch their technologies & solutions and seek for opportunities to collaborate with Japanese blue chips such as megabanks, regional banks, insurance companies, IT companies, trading houses or any other companies who are keen to adopt fintech. We aim at attracting 50-60 Japanese companies to attend. This will also help us raise the profile of UK fintech among Japanese businesses.

Date: 30 June 2022

Time: 09:00-10:15 UK Time

Location: Zoom

Participation Fee: Free

Number of UK fintech companies: 6

From this opportunity, you can expect:

  • Your company information translated into Japanese and shared widely among Japanese businesses
  • 5 minutes pitch at the event
  • 30 minutes breakout room session at the event where you can engage directly with Japanese audiences
  • Post event introduction (DIT Japan will ask Japanese participants about the UK companies they are interested to have subsequent 1-2-1 meetings with. DIT Japan will facilitate introductions.)

[Please note that DIT are not able to guarantee the number of the participants in your breakout room and the number of subsequent 1-2-1 meetings.]

To eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a registered UK company
  • Have been trading in the Fintech sectors (including cybersecurity) for a minimum of two years
  • Have compelling products/services which are ready to trade and commercially viable.

If you are interested in attending this event as one of the six companies, please submit your application via the link below by 23:59 GMT, Sunday 29th May 2022There is a selection process and applicants will be informed about their participation status by 3rd June.

Timetable of the event

09:00 (17:00 in Japan) Opening remarks by British Embassy Tokyo (tbc)
09:05 (17:05)UK Fintech updates by UK Fintech Specialist (tbc)
09:15 (17:15)Pitch by 6 UK companies (5 minutes each)
09:45 (17:45)Breakout rooms (6 rooms run by each UK company to discuss details of your technology. Japanese audience will pop in and out the company’s rooms that they are interested in)
10:15 (18:15)End

Listen to our podcast episode on Fintech in Japan here.

Japanese Pharmaceutical Reverse Pitch Session 2022

DIT Japan is organising a webinar to facilitate collaboration between UK life sciences companies and universities and Japanese research based pharmaceutical companies. Speakers for this webinar are representatives from Astellas Pharma Inc, Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation and Shionogi & Co Ltd in charge of pre-clinical stage R&D and business development.  


9:00-9:05 Opening / house keeping

9:05-9:25 Astellas Pharma Inc

9:25-9:45 Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd

9:45-10:05 Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

10:05-10:25 Shionogi & Co Ltd

*Q&A Moderator: Dr Ivana Poparic, Head of Life Sciences Cluster Development, MedCity


Key interest areas from the companies are:

Astellas Pharma Inc

Astellas is interested in emerging areas of drug discovery including new biological insights, platforms, and modalities across multiple therapeutic areas.

·       Cell and gene therapy programs and technologies for regeneration of eye and other organs

·       AAV gene therapy projects and technologies

·       Programs and technologies to modulate mitochondria related pathway

·       Novel immuno-oncology programs

·       Targeted protein degradation programs and technologies

·       New technologies and modalities for immune regulation, including immunoregulatory cell therapy

Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd

·       Novel protein degradation technologies        

·       New modalities to treat pancreatic cancer like oncolytic virus, bacteria

·       Novel immuno-oncology (IO) targets or research

·       Novel therapeutic approach to CNS (psychiatric and neurodegenerative) and rare disease

·       Technologies enabling CNS delivery for siRNA

·       Proteases or ion-channels as novel therapeutic targets

·       AAV production related technologies

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Looking for drug seeds realizing precision medicines for following diseases and technologies contributing to their discovery.

Target diseases: ALS, MELAS, MSA, PSP, ASD, Epileptic encephalopathies, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Vasculitis

Technologies: DDS, Animal models, Organoids, RNA targeted small molecules

Shionogi & Co Ltd

·       Research Collaboration in CNS – dementias and other neuro-psychiatric disorders

·       Research Collaborations in Infectious diseases (all modalities)

·       Health technologies (for CNS and infectious disease areas in particular)

·       Phase 2 and 3 clinical assets in infectious Diseases and CNS areas

This webinar is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the Japanese pharmaceutical companies, their research priorities and collaboration structures. The presentations would be followed by a Q&A session to help understand areas of further interest and collaboration.  There is a column for questions so please send them to us when registering.  You will also be able to ask questions during the webinar using chat function.

DIT Japan will assist 1:1 call requests from UK companies. Please send non-confidential information to LS.Japan.trade@fco.gov.uk and we will set up meetings with those agreed by speaker companies after the webinar. Please also indicate which companies you would like to have a meeting with.

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

– 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.