UK Companies Displayed their World-class Security Technology in Japan
The Rt. Hon. John Hayes MP, Minister for Security at the UK Home Office visited Japan on 13 October to take forward discussion between the UK and Japanese Governments on Security cooperation. The Minister gave a keynote address at the British Embassy Tokyo’s Olympic Security Seminar. He introduced UK Government officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UKTI Defence and Security Organisation who spoke about the UK’s counter terrorist strategy and related technical capabilities such as counter-improvised explosive device (Counter-IED) technology and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protection. The Minister held bilateral discussions with the Japanese Olympic Minister and Public Safety Minister to underline the UK’s commitment to sharing experience and best practice with Japan as Tokyo starts to prepare for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.
The Home Office Minister’s visit was timed to coincide with Japan’s Special Equipment Exhibition and Conference for Anti-Terrorism (SEECAT) held at Tokyo Big Sight from 14 to 16 October. UKTI Defence and Security Organisation arranged a national pavilion to showcase the UK’s world leading technology in C-IED, CBRN and physical security. Around twenty UK companies attended SEECAT, many with their Japanese partners – together they aim to help deliver a safe, secure and enjoyable Tokyo 2020 Games.
For some of the companies joining the UKTI led pavilion this was their first engagement with the Japanese market. All were grateful to be connected with the strong British showcase on display and to be introduced to key decision makers in Japanese government, armed forces and business alike. Many cited that getting this kind of exposure and introduction to the right people would have been very difficult alone. Presence at SEECAT was able to provide the right platform for UK technologies and expertise to gain good exposure in this quickly developing market.
Signs of market penetration were already on display. A handful of UK companies were exhibiting this year with their own stands as a result of meeting and establishing a local partner. They cited that joining the UKTI led delegation last year at SEECAT made this possible and delivered the connection.
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Article by UKTI Strategic Trade Team, British Embassy Tokyo, October 2015.