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UK's approach to negotiating a free trade agreement with Japan

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UK's approach to negotiating a free trade agreement with Japan

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Find out more about how the UK is negotiating a trade agreement with Japan and what the government aims to achieve.

Trade in services

  • Secure ambitious commitments on market access and national treatment to ensure certainty for UK services suppliers in their access to the Japanese market.
  • Secure best-in-class rules for all services sectors, as well as sector specific rules to ensure transparency and support our world-leading services industries, including key UK export sectors such as financial services, professional and business services, telecommunications and transports services.
  • Ensure certainty for UK services exporters in their continuing access to the Japanese market and transparency on Japanese services regulation.

Public services

  • Protect the right to regulate public services, including the NHS and public service broadcasters.
  • Continue to ensure that decisions on how to run public services are made by UK governments, including the devolved administrations ( DAs), and not our trade partners.

Business mobility

  • Secure opportunities for UK services suppliers and investors to operate in Japan through provisions for temporary business travel and supporting the recognition of professional qualifications.

Digital and e-commerce

  • Secure cutting-edge provisions which maximise opportunities for digital trade across all sectors of the economy.
  • Promote a world leading eco-system for digital trade that supports businesses of all sizes across the UK.


  • Promote fair and transparent access to the Japanese telecommunications market.
  • Promote accessibility and connectivity for UK consumers and businesses in the Japanese market.

Financial services

  • Expand opportunities for UK financial services to ease frictions to cross-border trade and investment, complementing co-operation on financial regulatory issues.


  • Agree rules that ensure fair and open competition, and address barriers to UK investment across the Japanese economy.
  • Ensure UK investors in Japan continue to enjoy high standards of treatment.
  • Maintain the UK’s right to regulate in the national interest and as the government has made clear, continue to protect the NHS.

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