Leaders December 2013

Strategic Alliances

Building partnerships with key agencies, market players

On 25 November, the Export to Japan digital platform was officially launched, at a ceremony hosted by British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens.

The website was initiated by a team at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Japan, and the chamber is one of three strategic partners, along with British Airways Japan and Business Link Japan.

This partnership builds on the very strong working links the BCCJ has established, over its lifetime, with the British Embassy Tokyo and UKTI Japan.

Export to Japan is a concrete example of the chamber’s core mission:

1. Strengthening business ties between the UK and Japan
2. Promoting and supporting the business interests of members
3. Actively encouraging new British business in the Japanese marketplace as well as Japanese investment into the UK

I am delighted that many member firms are already providing a variety of services as part of the Export to Japan programme.

These activities allow firms currently operating in Japan an opportunity to engage with new market entrants, as well as with each other, to showcase their best-in-class products and services.

Also, as many members are aware, the BCCJ is exploring collaboration opportunities with UKTI as part of the UK government’s Strengthening Overseas Business Networks programme.

The initiative remains on track, but we are still in the early stages of mapping out how the collaboration should look.

As ever, I will continue to ensure members are kept properly informed of all key developments. In the meantime, if you have questions, please email us at info@bccjapan.com.

As another year draws to an end, I wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and safe travels for those who are on the move. Thank you for your support in 2013 and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.