UK-Japan Tech Forum | 4 August

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    A platform to engage with key UK-Japan stakeholders in areas of trade, policy and market grow

We are delighted to announce that the next UK-Japan Tech Forum is scheduled to take place on 4 August, 10:00-11:30 (UK time). Taking place virtually the Forum will bring UK and Japan tech communities together for a timely discussion on the UK-Japan FTA, UK-Japan tech in a post-COVID recovery stage and the collaboration through joint initiatives.  

Hosted by techUK and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), the UK-Japan Tech Forum is a platform to allow businesses to engage with key stakeholders in government and business in areas of UK-Japan trade, policy and market growth in both countries.

The forum is for representatives of businesses, government and other stakeholders interested in influencing or understanding the policy landscape impacting the technology sector, trade relations, and the market opportunities and challenges in Japan and the UK.

The forum brings members together to discuss issues and events that may impact their growth in the UK and Japan and provides an avenue for collective concerns to be aired and discussed with both governments. Moreover, it provides a platform for participants to explore emerging opportunities for growth and expand their business networks.

We would like to invite you to join us for a timely discussion on the UK-Japan technology relationship. 


  • Date: 4 August 2020
  • Time: 10:00 - 11:30 UK time
  • Place: Virtual meeting. Connection details will be sent to confirmed participants closer to date
  • Registration: To express your interest, please register through the website or by contacting 


Chair’s Welcome (5 min)

  • Paul Patterson, CEO and Head of Northern & Western Europe, Fujitsu

techUK & JEITA Welcome (5 min)

  • Julian David, CEO, techUK
  • Keiichi Kawakami, Senior Executive Vice President, JEITA

Roundtable Discussion (70 min)

Topic 1: UK-Japan FTA: Will it deliver enough for tech sector and UK-Japan tech collaboration? (35 min)

Business reflection on FTA progress and outcomes so far with the aim to identify key tech sector policy asks as well as key opportunities for tech that would be emerging from a successful FTA.

Brief remarks from:

  • Japan Government
    • Kazumi Nishikawa, Director, IT Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) 
  • UK Government
    • Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade 
    • Jun Nakaya, Chair of Trade Policy Committee, JEITA & Public Policy Manager, Fujitsu
    • Toyokazu Nagamune, Secretary General, Japan Business Council in Europe
  • techUK
    • Sabina Ciofu, Head of EU & Trade Policy

Followed by interactive discussion. 

Topic 2: UK-Japan Tech in Post-COVID Recovery Stage & Collaboration through Joint Initiatives (35 min)

COVID-19 has changed the trade & investment landscape significantly. New technology sectors are emerging as clear winners and drivers for growth. The session will focus on gathering business views from the UK and Japan on the post-COVID-19 recovery stage and the prospects for UK-Japan trade & investment. It will also encourage discussion on identifying key technologies for UK-Japan collaboration in a post-COVID recovery stage as well as on reviewing potential regulatory changes that would help better align UK-Japan tech industries for collaboration.

As both the UK and Japan move slowly into the recovery stage, practical support for businesses will also play an important role in encouraging collaboration. The discussion will further focus on exploring practical examples of initiatives that can enable businesses to drive growth across the UK-Japan technology corridor and how techUK-JEITA partnership can support business community through such initiatives.

  • Brief overview remarks from:
    • Kiyoshi Shikano, Executive Producer of the CEATEC JAPAN Executive Board
    • TBC
  • Followed by:
    • Interactive discussion with participants | moderated by Paul Patterson, CEO and Head of Northern & Western Europe, Fujitsu

Next Steps & Closing Remarks (10 min)

  • Julian David, CEO, techUK
  • Jun Nakaya, Chair of Trade Policy Committee, JEITA & Public Policy Manager, Fujitsu
  • Paul Patterson, CEO and Head of Northern & Western Europe, Fujitsu


Please express your interest to attend the event by registering through techUK's website or by contacting

  • Dominykas Broga

    Dominykas Broga

    Programme Manager | International Trade
    T 07931 565 239

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