Our insights and opinion related to the UK, Europe, and Japan relationships and businesses.
13 Mar 2020
Outward looking tech investors in Japan may be interested to hear about the recent data published in a
report by the UK Government-funded research organisation, Tech Nation, which shows that Investment in the UK’s tech sector grew at a faster pace than in the U.S., China, Germany and France in
13 Mar 2020
On March 11th, 2020, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered a post-Brexit budget which contained a significant increase in spending across multiple departments with a total increase in borrowing of over £125 billion. Here is a summary of the budget policy decisions published by the UK government in the sectors which are of relevance to OBM and our clients:
•Export Trade Policy
•Science and Technology
•Energy Sector: Decarbonising power, industry and heat
•Electric Vehicles and reducing vehicle pollution
10 Feb 2020
When you think of Japan, you may not necessarily perceive it of having a thriving startup culture. However, this image has been changing. Over the last decade, a new generation of entrepreneurs has been encouraged to create and develop their business ideas with help from government and industry.
We report on the exciting startup scene in Kansai, the region at the centre of the economy of Western Japan, which includes the cities Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.
06 Jan 2020
The Conservative Party has won the 2019 UK General election and parliament has begun the process of approving the Government’s Brexit bill. We take a look at the story so far, and what we can expect to happen in 2020, including its impact on the UK-Japan relationship.
• Why there was General Election?
• How did the main parties position themselves?
• Results of the 2019 General Election
• What does the election result mean for the Brexit process?
• Reactions from Japanese companies so far
• How is future trade with Japan affected?
08 Nov 2019
OBM was honoured to be invited to the ‘Japanese Businesses and the UK's Future Economy’ event which was co-hosted by the Embassy of Japan in the UK and the British-Japanese Parliamentary Group, on 29th October.
In this article we summarise the areas of collaboration between Japan and the UK and the similarities in their respective industrial strategies.
18 Oct 2018
From the end of September through early October, I was in Japan to support collaboration between our clients OKAYA & CO., LTD (Japanese) and Crowd Charge Ltd. (UK).
This was the second opportunity where both companies exhibited together in Japan and there were some reasons why the second exhibition went so well.
Here I introduce the three most important aspects.
13 July 2018
Recently we have seen more scenarios where a new technology is introduced cross-industry. EV (Electric Vehicle) is one of the prime examples, which is applied both in the Energy and Automotive sectors.
However, it is not always easy to achieve such collaborations.
19 April 2017
Recently newly-designed one pound coins have been released. To my mind, this new design implies a strong will of the UK government to tackle with Brexit as a united country. And a surprising announcement from the Prime Minister Theresa May to call for a general election in June. Why did she choose now?
25 June 2016
Early morning on the 24th June, we woke up with a shocking referendum result: - the UK will leave EU. After a day passed, the country hasn’t digested the result yet and is still in shock. British media have called in various experts, politicians and economists to get their views all day long. Based on the information I obtained over the last 24 hours, I would like to mention my personal view on the influence on the UK – Japanese businesses and what we can do for the future.
25 August 2015
A MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) has been signed between Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) and Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) in October 2014. What was the vital first step in building the relationship and how can we can keep the momentum going?
10 July 2015
I was invited to an international conference “Fujitsu World Tour 2015″ in Madrid on the 9th June 2015. It was a great showcase to demonstrate how a Japanese company can establish a trusted relationship with local businesses and governments
20 October 2014
Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce signed MoU (memorandum of understanding) of Trade & Investment co-operation on the 6th October 2014