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UKTI Japan

About UKTI Japan

UKTI Japan helps British companies succeed in Japan and Japanese businesses expand into the UK. Our friendly and experienced teams in Tokyo and Osaka provide support and advice, including tailored market research and assistance arranging your visit to Japan. We also organise a busy programme of trade missions and hire out our Embassy facilities for your business events. We'd love to talk to you about how we can help your business and you can contact us at

The emperor’s new long-johns

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 … Continue reading

Tales of the Unexpected

Even after 14 years on and off living in Japan there are still occasions when I do double takes. A shrine to ginger? A “casual massage”? Both seen yesterday while out and about in Tokyo. Smoking is another puzzle. There’s … Continue reading

Tokyo 2020 success and opportunities

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. Last summer I adapted my body clock … Continue reading

Japanese consumers: working hard and playing hard

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. The … Continue reading

Japan’s 400 year old lessons hold good

I am indebted for this blog to the wonderfully-named and wonderfully-enthusiastic Professor Timon Screech, who is a Professor of the History of Art at the University of London’s School of Oriental and Africa Studies. Professor Screech has been researching the … Continue reading

Japan gears up for new growth

There’s nothing like living overseas for getting to know your own country. Just in the past week Japanese acquaintances have asked me about the British Blue Guide system, how our variable VAT system works and why it is that British … Continue reading

Old dogs or new tricks?

In your old age would you prefer a dog or a robot for company? That was the subject of a heated discussion at a dinner we hosted last week for Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, featuring a range … Continue reading

Ageing Infrastructure + Ageing Population = Rejuvenated Business Opportunities

Not sure if I should be worried or not, but my husband has suddenly developed a need to reconnect with his youth. Fortunately not by splashing out on racy sports cars or seeking a young trophy girlfriend (at least, I … Continue reading

Don’t forget the hand-cream!

One of the frustrating things about living in a house on the Embassy compound, apart from seeing my office every time I come out of the front door, is not receiving mail deliveries when the Embassy is closed. Not usually a … Continue reading

And the winner is…

It’s obviously the season for awards. The Financial Times’ World Diary this morning tells us that the winners will be announced this week of the UK Green Business Awards, the UK National Business Awards and the US National Book Awards. … Continue reading