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Japan

Over 60 Japanese companies call the Thames Valley home, including Kawasaki, Konami, Kosei Pharma, Fujitsu and Otsuka.

The Japan Desk at the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) supports both companies who are based in Japan and would like to expand their businesses to the UK market, as well as organisations who are already established in the UK and would like to develop their business in the Thames Valley.

Japan Desk support includes:

• Specialist Helpline

• Events & Market Visits

• Bilateral Market Entry Support

• Bilateral Inward Investment Support

• Identifying Partners for Business Collaboration and R&D

• Multi-Cultural Business Training

To find out more about the Japan Desk, please email export@tvchamber.co.uk or phone +44 (0)1753 870 560.

Discover more about the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce’s partnership with Japan in this interview with Masako Eguchi-Bacon, Managing Director of Oceanbridge Management Ltd.

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Kansai Region

Whilst the Chamber works with companies across Japan, it has an established working relationship with the Kansai Region – the second largest economy in Japan – which is home to many famous cities, including Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto.

 

The region, which is similar to the Thames Valley, has strengths in many of the same industry clusters, including energy, life sciences and technology (IoT and AI). Established links with academic institutions also ensure that the Thames Valley and Kansai regions have similar aspirations to strengthen international activities through solid partnerships.

 

In 2014, this strong relationship culminated in a Memorandum of Understanding of Trade and Investment Co-operation, signed between TVCC and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, resulting in visits by trade delegations.

 

Among companies from the Kansai region who have chosen to open offices in the Thames Valley are Mizuno, Nintendo, Panasonic and Takeda.