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News - Japan

  1. Overseas Business Risk - Japan

    Japan 3/15/2021 9:11:40 AM

    This guidance provides information on important security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating in Japan.

  2. Living in Japan

    Japan 5/12/2020 12:06:54 PM

    Advice for British people living in Japan, including information on health, employment, benefits, driving licences and more.

  3. How To Do Business Effectively In Japan

    Japan 2/12/2020 7:54:40 AM

    Authored by Kieran McLoone via Global Franchise magazine with contributions from Brian McDermott at GTP - Global Training Partners

  4. UK is taking forward future trade and investment relationship with Japan

    Japan 2/11/2020 5:32:51 PM

    Foreign Secretary to shape new trade and investment relationship between Japan and the UK on first Asia-Pacific visit.

  5. Business culture in Japan

    Japan 10/2/2019 3:00:22 PM

  6. Readout of International Trade Secretary's call with Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

    Japan 8/21/2019 9:47:26 AM

    International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss spoke with Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko.

  7. Expand Your Business to Japan

    Japan 11/26/2018 7:54:36 AM

    Process of Brexit goes slowly but steadily towards its end, March 2019, whatever the consequences may be. Needless to say, it has already a great and will have more impact not only on UK but also on other countries including Japan. To think it positively, it may be a good opportunity for many of UK companies to (re)turn their fresh eyes to fast-growing Asian market and its heart of prosperity, Japan.

  8. 1 in 4 firms say workers log over 80 overtime hours a month

    Japan 3/27/2017 12:03:03 PM

    Nearly 1 in 4 companies have admitted that some employees do more than 80 hours of overwork per month, according to the nation’s first white paper on “karoshi” or death by overwork.

  9. Japan, ranked 34th out of 41 developed nations in UNICEF’s child poverty index

    Japan 3/27/2017 12:01:07 PM

    Japan has some of the worst wealth inequality and highest rates of child poverty among the world’s developed nations.

  10. A Serge in the number of Foreign Tourists

    Japan 3/27/2017 11:45:05 AM

    The Japanese government is promoting the construction of larger hotels outside major cities as part of a drive to welcome 40 million foreign visitors a year by 2020, when Tokyo will host the Olympic Games

  11. Japan is as happy as it feels — which is miserable

    Japan 3/1/2017 9:56:21 AM

    What does Japan have going for it? It is a democracy, it is at peace, it is the world’s third-largest economy and it enjoys to the full the emblematic happiness of our time — a level of technological empowerment that the less fortunate past had to conjure up in fantasies of genies and wizards.

  12. SIN Japan Lead a GREAT Robotics Campaign Resulting in over £350,000 of Investment

    Japan 9/6/2016 9:13:51 AM

    During 2015-2016, SIN Japan teamed up with UK Trade & Investment to introduce the best of UK Robotics research and innovative companies to Japanese partners.

  13. Call centres in the Cloud

    Japan 7/11/2016 10:11:05 AM

    Outsourcing giant Adecco and NTT East are developing a cloud-based call centre application that allows housewives and retirees to work from home as call centre operators. Adecco estimates that using this system they will be able to sign up around 1,000 remote employees over 3 years.

  14. Japan’s first salaried foreign ninja

    Japan 7/11/2016 10:08:10 AM

    A region of Japan looking to use ninja warriors to boost tourism has made an American the first foreign national to draw a salary for joining the country’s traditional group of assassins

  15. British Ambassador in conversation with Japanese investors about the UK’s EU referendum

    Japan 6/30/2016 1:00:54 PM

    On 29 June the British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens had a discussion with Japanese investors about the results of the UK’s referendum on EU Membership.

  16. What A Waste Of Taxpayers Money

    Japan 6/30/2016 12:06:54 PM

    A program ostensibly designed to bring foreign health care workers to Japan to alleviate labour shortages has become a huge waste of taxpayers' money.

  17. A Second Capital for Japan?

    Japan 6/29/2016 9:10:41 AM

    On the heals of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, Kansai at the western end of Japan is stepping up its efforts to convince the national government that one of its three major cities (Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe) should be designated as Japan's backup capital.

  18. Message from UK Foreign Secretary to Japanese Foreign Minister on the UK’s referendum

    Japan 6/27/2016 9:32:29 AM

    On 27 June the British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens, delivered a message from the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

  19. Food Shortages Spell Opportunity

    Japan 5/5/2016 9:36:04 AM

    Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate was 73% in 1965 falling to 37% in 1993. The rate held around 40% from 1998 to 2007 and slowly crept up to 41% in 2008 (compare this with 128% for the United States and 70% for Britain in 2003). At the national level, the goal is to return to 70% self-sufficiency. Add to this heightened consumer demand in Japan for ‘safer’ food and greater uniformity in appearance of the food and you have the start of a trend in food production.

  20. The third in a 3-part series on the economic impact of aging in Japan

    Japan 5/5/2016 9:33:06 AM

    Despite its crowds and fast pace of life, Japanese society retains an air of politeness, ongoing respect for traditional values and a low crime rate. On this last point, a recent report by the Japan Times showed a 40% drop in crimes from 2,800,000 in 2002 to 1,700,000 a decade later. Putting this in perspective, this is about 1,360 crimes per 100,000 Japanese residents compared to 3.466 per 100,000 in the United States.

  21. The second in a 3-part series on the economic impact of aging in Japan

    Japan 5/5/2016 9:31:26 AM

    In July 2010 police found the body of an 111 year-old, nominally Japan’s oldest man, lying in bed. The problem was that he had died 30 years earlier. By the time he was discovered, his 81 year-old daughter had collected JPY9M (about US$109,000) in pension payments. Subsequent investigations showed that this was not an isolated incident:

  22. The first in a 3-part series on the economic impact of aging in Japan

    Japan 5/5/2016 9:28:41 AM

    Debt Japan's government debt exceeds that of other industrialised nations while gross debt is around 200% of GDP (in the US, UK and Germany the ratio is below 100%). While the financial markets are punishing Ireland, Greece and Portugal for their high public borrowings, Japan stands largely immune.

  23. Japan Not Starting Enough Startups

    Japan 5/5/2016 9:25:50 AM

    The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report groups countries roughly by: • Those that have a large share of primary goods in their total exports (Tonga, Morocco…) • Economies where scale-intensity is the major driver of development (Argentina, South Africa…) • Innovation-driven economies, which includes Japan, USA and UK. These produce unique goods and services created via sophisticated and often pioneering methods

  24. Japanese talent needs grooming

    Japan 5/3/2016 10:42:30 AM

    A recent ranking of global talent placed Japan 20th in the world for competitiveness and worker quality. While not a terrible result, it does reveal Japan’s lack of readiness for the global economy as well as for the demands for innovation, flexibility and diverse aptitudes in workers.

  25. Government monitoring staff turnover rates

    Japan 5/3/2016 10:39:49 AM

    Designed as a way to stem abusive employment practices, the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry is now actively requesting that businesses disclose their employee turnover data when hiring new graduates. What is being targeted are employers that sign up a large number of new graduates assuming many of them will quit due to harsh working conditions such as extended overtime, low wages and harassment. These are colloquially known a “black companies”.

  26. 3 years into the Bank of Japan’s Unprecedented Monetary Easing

    Japan 5/3/2016 10:37:36 AM

    The monetary easing by the Bank of Japan has started its 4th year. What remains unclear is whether the central bank’s target of 2% inflation will be achieved

  27. Black Firms Exploit Workers

    Japan 4/25/2016 10:54:18 AM

    Traditionally a newly hired employee in Japan would enter an unspoken agreement where they would remain with a company for at least 3 years. The period it takes for persistence to be rewarded is reflected in an old saying that goes, “ishi no ue ni mo sannen” (“even the coldest rock will warm up after three years”).

  28. Japan – a Paradise for Entrepreneurs

    Japan 4/18/2016 11:45:49 AM

    I have worked across Asia and the experience has been fantastic. On the business front, it has provided markets many times the size of my native Australia. In addition, these markets come with a population density that offers great opportunities around economies of scale and low distribution costs.

  29. The “Same Surname Rule” & the Remarriage Moratorium for Women

    Japan 4/7/2016 2:21:22 PM

    The Supreme Court recently stopped short of declaring unconstitutional a century-old civil code forcing spouses to adopt a single surname. But the court ruled that a separate law banning female divorcees from remarrying within 6 months of their divorce is unconstitutional.

  30. For Employees – what if your Employer goes Bankrupt?

    Japan 4/7/2016 10:07:55 AM

    What happens if your employer goes bankrupt? Is there a process to ensure that you are looked after or will you have to wait for payment along with other creditors?

  31. Slave-like Labour in Japan

    Japan 4/7/2016 9:41:09 AM

    Japan’s reliance on slave-like labour has recently been highlighted. While working conditions for those in the effected group are poor, whether they are “slave-like” depends on your perspective.

  32. Bogus Outsourcing In Japan

    Japan 4/6/2016 11:39:45 AM

    When a company cannot handle a piece of work, it may outsource this to an individual on a “gyōmu itaku” or outsourcing contract.

  33. Tricor launches new interactive website for how to set up a company in Japan!

    Japan 2/16/2016 11:36:57 AM

    Tricor Japan is a back office compliance company supporting only foreign multi-national firms entering or already established in the Japanese market.

  34. Japan: Regulatory changes and business opportunity in 2016

    Japan 1/26/2016 8:40:22 AM

    Over the past 12 months, Japan has implemented two major regulatory changes that are likely to impact business in 2016: the Residency requirement for company representatives and the My Number law.

  35. IPT Challenges: Retrospective Compliance

    Japan 11/30/2015 11:42:34 AM

    Insurers often find themselves in a position of needing to declare taxes for reporting periods that have elapsed. Let’s take a closer look at the issue of retrospective tax filings, for insurers operating on a Freedom of Service basis in the European Economic Area.

  36. Japan’s My Number: Is Your Company Ready?

    Japan 10/29/2015 8:34:28 AM

    Starting in January, Japan’s My Number obliges companies to have the highest level of security system for data and paper handling of their employees’ My Numbers.

  37. International trends in Franchise Opportunity Searches.

    Japan 9/22/2015 1:08:01 PM

    StartUpOverseas.co.uk is the definitive online resource for international business, seeing over 30,000 unique visitors a month.

  38. Foreign Secretary visit boosts UK’s Strategic Partnership with Japan

    Japan 8/10/2015 9:34:25 AM

    Foreign Secretary’s visit to Japan boosts cooperation on international peace and security, and supports recent growth in inward investment and trade.

  39. Winning Over the Japanese Consumer

    Japan 6/10/2015 11:31:19 AM

    How to Build a Successful Business in Japan

  40. Japan: Visit By UK Energy Minister

    Japan 10/28/2014 11:01:40 AM

    Matthew Hancock advances work with Japan on nuclear, new generation, low-emission vehicles and investment in hydrogen infrastructure.

  41. Road Map to Asia Business Success

    Japan 7/24/2014 2:15:30 PM

    Launch your company or raise your performance in your targeted Asia Pacific market.

  42. Japanese Cultural Leadership Training: Eye Opener On Power Harassment

    Japan 3/6/2014 7:49:40 AM

    Most expatriate managers only have two or three years on a foreign assignment before they have to go back home. In this short amount of time they are usually under a lot of pressure and can be very impatient to achieve their goals.

  43. Aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus has announced its first deal with Japanese carrier Japan Airlines.

    Japan 10/8/2013 5:04:29 PM

    "This is Airbus' largest order for the A350 so far this year and is the largest ever order we have received from a Japanese airline," said Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of Airbus.

  44. Lost in Translation? Negotiating in Japan

    Japan 9/27/2013 9:13:45 AM

    WORLD LEADERS at the G8 Summit in June 2013 praised the Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics”, his proposals for relaunching the Japanese economy and opening up Japan to more foreign investment.

  45. Tokyo 2020: Ambassador’s congratulatory message

    Japan 9/9/2013 9:13:45 AM

    From London’s legacy to Tokyo’s future, the UK joins Japan in looking forward to the benefits of being an Olympic and Paralympic host nation.

  46. Check out our new ‘Technology Transfer’ service

    Japan 6/20/2013 8:23:47 AM

    We’re pleased to tell you about the new Oceanbridge Management ‘Technology Transfer’ service, designed to assist researchers in making worthwhile connections with manufacturers. So, if you’re currently working in product research or looking to bring an innovation to market, give us a call because we may well be in an ideal position to assist in connecting you to the appropriate Japanese manufacturers.

  47. Japan and European Union launch Free Trade Agreement negotiations

    Japan 3/25/2013 5:32:04 PM

    Lord Green responds to the news today that the EU and Japan will hold talks for a Free Trade Agreement.

  48. Yen No Longer A Safe Haven

    Japan 3/9/2009

    Traditionally the yen has been a safe haven for investors in times of economic hardship, but it fell to a three-month low of Y97.80 at the end of February as global markets continued to fall, prompting speculation that the currencys days as a safe haven were numbered.

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