Masako Eguchi-Bacon, CEO, OBM, comments on Japan - UK trade talks

30 June 2020

Here at OBM we are following the progress of UK-Japan trade talks with interest, and we recently commented on them here.

Last week, in conjunction with Thames Valley UK we have written about the objectives and motivations for the trade negotiations. 

CEO Masako Eguchi-Bacon comments:  ‘The UK-Japan FTA objectives issued by the DIT illustrate the intention of both countries to achieve a comprehensive deal; not only for hardware and customs, but also services, regulations, intellectual property, sustainability and equality. We should not forget that the UK’s agreement with the EU will influence Japanese commercial investment into the UK, and whether the UK can hold an attractive position for Japanese companies as an entry point to the European market. As we emerge from the challenges created by Covid19, I am confident further trade and partnership opportunities will become clear between the UK and Japan.’

Thames Valley UK is the inward investment portal of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC).  Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group aspires to be the leading voice of business – on behalf of micro to multianational organisations, driving better economic conditions and new opportunities for members and the wider community.  TVCC is also very active in international business and trade relationships. Masako manages the Japan Desk of TVCC.

At OBM, connecting people and ideas is what drives us.  We believe the ideas can come from everywhere so we have created and supported an ecosystem of where government, industry and academia can collaborate and create new opportunities for your ideas to shape the world.   Regional relationships between Thames Valley (UK) and Kansai (Japan) is one of such ecosystem we initiated.

If you would like to talk to us about establishing Japan-UK trade links and regional tie between Thames Valley and Kansai, please contact us from here.