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01 May News | Comments Off on

May 2014 – BLJ take the stage following Prime Minister Abe at London seminar ……

On May 1, JETRO held a major seminar in London promoting investment into Japan targeting local business people, with the attendance of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and high-ranking officials from Hiroshima and Mie Prefectures and the cities of Kobe and Fukuoka. The event was joined by 119 members of the UK business community and strong interest in doing business in Japan was heard from participants.

“A friendlier and more exciting Japan for investors”

Prime Minister Abe

(photo by: CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE)

PM Abe emphasized that foreign direct investment (FDI) into Japan was a critical pillar of his growth strategy. He said that he aimed to double Japan’s FDI inflow by 2020 and encourage its growth through the combined strength of JETRO and Japanese overseas embassies.

He made clear his expectations for investment into Japan, saying that based on the growth strategy, regulatory and corporate tax reform under government leadership would continue and that “Japan would be revolutionized into a friendlier and more exciting market for investors”.

Steve Crane, Founder and CEO of Business Link Japan, a firm with a rich history of doing business in Japan, also took the podium and said that the real Japan is completely different from the stereotype one is left with from textbooks. The Japanese have a wonderful nature and as one continues to do business in Japan, he said, he or she will grow ever more assured of their virtues. Mr. Crane also implored those present to utilize the support of JETRO and UKTI to save funds and time and to reduce risk.

The seminar ended with a lively Q&A session. Comments from participants indicated that the event was successful in deepening their understanding of business with Japan and illustrating its attractiveness as an investment destination.

 

Full details of this event can be found here