Global Innovation Forum 2019 in Osaka (10-11 October 2019)
08 August 2019
Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) and O-BIC (Osaka Business and Investment Centre) will host the Global Innovation Forum 2019 on the 10th and 11th October. Masako Eguchi-Bacon, MD of OBM, also the Japan Desk representative of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC), has supported the selection process. Out of over 60 applicants across the world, two technology start-ups from the Thames Valley region, ZapGo and Helix Technologies, were selected.
BBC Interview Japanese business culture – Work Style Reform
05 April 2019
In the UK, there is strong interest in Japan. Japanese culture and business are often featured on radio and TV.
On the 3rd April, our MD Masako Eguchi-Bacon was interviewed by the BBC radio programme, “BBC Scotland Kaye Adams Show”, and talked about Japanese corporate culture.
The programme explained that Japan has made its Working Style Reform legislation effective on the 1st April. It is beyond belief for people in the UK and Europe that a very long-hour working week has been normal in Japan for decades. “Karoshi – death by overwork” has only recently been recognised as a serious social issue and the government had to impose legislation to prevent it.
BBC interview on the EU-Japan EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement)
01 February 2019
The EU-Japan EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement) became effective on the 1st February.
Our Managing Director Masako Eguchi-Bacon was interviewed by the BBC to share her view and expertise, and the interview was broadcast on the “BBC Business Matters” programme on the 1st February 2019.
Under the EU-Japan EPA, about 30% of global GDP has become a free trade zone. This agreement will certainly strengthen the tie between the EU and Japan and encourage both trade and investment. Another important fact is that common rules including intellectual property and data distribution were established under this agreement, which will influence global standards and regulations.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (from Regent Street, London)
25 December 2018
This year in the UK, there has been uncertainty in the business environment due to the Brexit, however, our clients’ businesses remain strong despite such challenges.
Japan Roundtable – World Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai and stronger regional ties
03 December 2018
Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and Masako Eguchi-Bacon, our MD as well as the Japan Desk of TVCC, hosted the Japan Roundtable on the 30th November. We shared tips in developing business with Japanese companies and discussed further opportunities in line with a series of international events Japan will host: -2019 Rugby World Cup, 2020 Tokyo Olympics and World Expo 2025 (Osaka, Kansai).
OBM signed Strategic Partnership with CloserStill Media to support “SMART IOT 2019”
30 October 2018
OBM signed a strategic partnership with CloserStill Media Ltd, who hosts “SMART IOT”, one of the largest IOT exhibitions in the UK.
SMART IOT 2019 will be held on the 12th and 13th March 2019 at ExCel London and both companies will support sponsors and exhibitors from, but not limited to, Japan and the UK.
New Article “Tips for a successful exhibition and how to follow up"
18 October 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.
The world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Birmingham
12 September 2018
We were very honoured to be invited to the world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Birmingham on the 11th September.
New Article “Cross-sector Collaboration– a case study of the UK government project”
13 July 2018
Amid a trend of new technologies applied cross-industry, how can we establish a collaborative relationship?
This article introduces a case study of a UK government project.
International Technology Conference
05 May 2018
On the 3rd May, the International Technology Conference was held, hosted by Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. Every year, the conference features the latest technology trends, business models, challenges and solutions in the UK.
From the UK to Japan, exhibiting at “Smart Energy Week 2018”
05 March 2018
From the 28th February to the 2nd March, our clients OKAYA & CO., LTD and Crowd Charge Ltd co-exhibited in the Smart Energy Week 2018 in Tokyo.
This partnership derives from an existing partnership between OKAYA & CO., LTD, Nichicon Corporation and DriveElectric Ltd, which was established in September 2017 where the three companies agreed to bring Nichicon’s V2G chargers to the UK market.
The Second Trade Mission from Thames Valley to Kansai, Japan
26 January 2018
From the 15th to the 19th January 2018, a trade mission from the Thames Valley visited Japan. It was the second trade mission from Thames Valley since Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) and Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) signed an MoU in 2014.
Over the last 8 months, we (OBM) have supported both Chambers including strategic planning, identifying focus sectors, recruiting UK companies, arranging B2B meetings (prior to our visit) and managing the schedule during our stay in Osaka.