New Article "Japanese Businesses and the UK’s Future Economy"

08 November 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.


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OBM signs a partner agreement with London Tech Show across its whole tech portfolio

12 October 2019

Oceanbridge Management (OBM) is pleased to announce that it will partner with the London Tech Show to facilitate UK-Japan trade.  The London Tech Show forms the largest cluster of tech events in the UK (Data Centre World, Cloud Expo Europe, Cyber Security, Devops Live, Big Data & AI World, Smart IoT and Blockchain World). 


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RAMS RFC Business Breakfast – Business Growth During Change on the 9th October

05 October 2019

For the first time, the Rugby World Cup comes to Asia.  This year it is being held in Japan.  The pool stage matches are currently being played across the country in 12 host cities, from Sapporo to Oita.
RAMS RFC will host a business breakfast on the 9th October and we will share our views on connection between Rugby and business.


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OUI (Oxford University Innovation) Seminar in Osaka on the 10th October

03 October 2019

Our MD Masako Eguchi-Bacon will give a talk at the OUI (Oxford University Innovation) seminar " Oxford University's Intellectual Property strategy and spinouts from the University - Ecosystem in Thames Valley - " in Osaka on the 10th October. 

Masako will talk about the fast-growing Thames Valley region, where OUI is based, and the regional partnership between Thames Valley and Kansai. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.  

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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).

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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