More than 100 guests attended the official launch reception at the Ambassador’s Residence in Tokyo hosted by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan on Monday 25th November.
Along with three strategic partner companies - British Airways, The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Business Link Japan - the Ambassador thanked all the Export to Japan partners for their support. LRQA Japan was proud to be one of those partners, offering services that help newcomers to the Japanese market get informed and established.
Ambassador Hitchens said: "Helping as many UK companies as possible Export their goods, services and technologies to Japan is one of the most important things my team does here." He added: "Tonight is about celebrating the start of our partnership together. By working together, we can provide UK companies with far greater and wider support than we have ever done before."
Export to Japan provides UK companies with information on how to do business in Japan, current opportunities and allows firms to make direct contact with trade specialists based at the Embassy.
In his speech Steve Crane, CEO of Business Link Japan, said the site allowed UK firms to easily access a “wealth of information.” He said: “This initiative is a great way to bring all of that information together in one place and make a one-stop shop, or one-click shop, where UK companies can go online and find all the resources that they need to help them come into the Japanese market.”
Alison Jambert, BCCJ President, told the audience the site was an example of the BCCJ’s core mission values of strengthening ties between the UK and Japan, promoting companies interests and encouraging UK companies to explore the benefits of exporting here.
In a video message Willie Walsh, CEO of the International Airlines Group, parent company of British Airways, said he was “delighted” to be an Export to Japan partner. He added: “Japan is a fantastic, lucrative, exciting market. It’s the third largest economy in the world and the EU’s second largest trading nation.
“We all know Britain needs more British companies travelling to places like Japan to sell their goods, their innovation, their technology, their services.”
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