UKTI Innovative ICT Mission to Japan

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UKTI Innovative ICT Mission to Japan - 25-29th Oct 2010

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The UKTI Innovative ICT Mission to Japan provides a unique opportunity for the UK's leading ICT businesses to showcase their products, services and technology.

Through a highly-tailored programme in both Tokyo and Osaka, companies will have a dedicated slot to pitch to an invited audience of Japan's leading ICT companies.

More information:

Got all the information? Use this form to apply now.

Why apply? Why Japan?

Japan Neon SkyscrapersThe Japanese ICT market is the second largest in the world with sales of over US$ 970 billion.

This mission can help your business find opportunities in Japan and is targeted at innovative products, technologies and services in the following areas:

  • Low-power electronics
  • Green IT & Smart Grid technology
  • Mobile & Wireless Communications
  • e-healthcare
  • Image processing, surveillance & sensors
  • Embedded Software
  • Semiconductor technology and IP licensing

UK Trade & InvestmentThe British Embassy in Tokyo and the Consulate-General in Osaka will be working closely with UK Trade and Investment to create a programme that will add real value to companies coming to Japan with the mission. Participation by those offering innovative products/technologies and services are most welcome.

Participating companies will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Access to targeted meetings with potential Japanese customers and partners
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of Japanese ICT industry from the leading players
  • Raise your company’s profile in a competitive but potentially rewarding market

The two Innovative ICT seminars provide a unique opportunity to present to Japan's major ICT firms, for example Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Fujitsu. Each seminar includes a 20 minute presentation slot for the companies with simultaneous translation and the the chance to network with key representatives from the companies at evening receptions.

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What's included in the mission?

  • Pre-mission assistance and advice
  • Pre-mission webinar briefing with the UKTI team in Japan and London
  • Pre-mission publicity in Japan (e.g. through Embassy/Consulate-General and local partners' websites )and UKTI Japan ICT team newsletter sent to over 2000 companies
  • Two-centre trip focusing on Tokyo and Osaka
  • Visit briefing by a local industry specialist at the British Embassy/Consulate-General
  • Opportunity to participate in seminars in Tokyo and Osaka involving the country’s leading ICT companies eg. Sony, Sharp, Panasonic and Fujitsu. (NB for those companies interested in meeting with UK companies, arrangements will be made)
  • Networking receptions in both Osaka and Tokyo

Additional support including bespoke meeting arrangement service and ongoing advice that we can provide is also available as part of the UKTI's Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). This is available at an additional charge of £500, please missionatchinwag [dot] com (contact us) for details.

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What's planned? Draft Agenda

Sunday 24 Oct

Arrive in Tokyo, travel to Osaka

Monday 25 Oct (Osaka)

Location: British Consulate-General, Osaka
Morning: Mission briefing

  • In-country briefing at the British Consulate-General

Afternoon: Pursue own arrangement

Tuesday 26 Oct (Osaka)

Location: Swissotel Nankai Osaka, 5-1-60, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076 (Map)
Afternoon: Innovative ICT Seminar, Osaka

Innovative ICT Seminar with 20 minute presentation from each of the mission companies, including simultaneous translation into Japanese.

Evening: Networking Reception

Wednesday 27 Oct (Osaka or Tokyo)

Travel to Tokyo

Thursday 28 Oct (Tokyo)

Location: British Embassy, Tokyo

Afternoon: Innovative ICT Seminar, Tokyo

Innovative ICT Seminar with 20 minute presentation from each of the mission companies, including simultaneous translation into Japanese.

Evening: Networking Reception

Friday 29 Oct (Tokyo)

Own arrangements. Travel to the UK

This is the draft schedule and may be subject to change. Time has been allocated for travel and for companies to either arrange their own meetings, or use UKTI's OMIS service (at additional cost) to arrange one-to-one meetings.

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Who should apply?

This mission is ideal for companies who are new or have limited experience of the Japanese games market. The aim is to  provide in-depth briefings covering the challenges of working in Japan and the opportunities to work leading organisations in the Japanese ICT industry.

To be considered for the UKTI Innovative ICT mission to Japan, your company must be classified as an UK-based SME:

  • UK headquartered
  • Innovative
  • Ready to do business in Japan
  • Cover travel and accommodation costs
  • Cover event expenses (£1000 payable on acceptance)
  • Are classed as Small or Medium Sized: < 250 staff, <€50m turnover

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How to apply

The application process is designed to help companies understand how they can benefit from the mission and make the most of the Japanese market. 

Here's an outline of the process:

  1. Complete a simple application form (PDF preview) allows the team in Japan to tailor the attendees at the ICT seminars, as well as providing marketing material
  2. Each application will be followed-up with a call from a member of the UKTI team in Tokyo to assess the opportunity in the Japanese market
  3. To confirm participation in the mission, companies will need to complete payment of the £1,000 fee N.B. this does not include travel/accommodation.
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If you have any queries, please drop us an missionatchinwag [dot] com (email) or call +44 (0)20 7183 2923.

Please note the deadline is Thu, 30th Sept 2010, but early application is strongly advised.

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Travel & accommodation

There are numerous options for flights and hotels in Tokyo, although be warned it can be an expensive city and it's advisable to book as early as possible.

Travel and accommodation is left to the personal choice, but UKTI have negotiated a special rate at Swissotel Nankai Osaka and Hotel Monterey Hanzomon (see below).

Our travel partners, Exposé Travel, can provide support with flights and hotel bookings. For more information contact Paul Vasdev on +44 (0)1883 342006 or paulatexposetravel [dot] com (via email).

Swissotel Nankai OsakaSwissotel Nankai Osaka
Address: 5-1-60, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076 (Map)
Telephone: +81 (0)6 6646-111
Rate: A special price quoted is 14,500 Yen for a single room (incl tax and service fees). If you prefer a package with breakfast, it is + 2,500 Yen (without pre-booking, it costs 3,003 Yen).
How to book: Send an E-mail to Yoshiki [dot] Onishiatswissotel [dot] com reference "UKTI Aoki"
Note: Osaka seminar is to be held at this hotel
Deadline: 17 October
Payment: individually, on check-out 

Hotel Monterey HanzomonHotel Monterey Hanzomon
Address: 1-23-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0082 (Map)
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3556 7111
Rate: Special rate for UKTI 9,800 Yen (single room incl tax and service fees), breakfast is +1,000 Yen
How to book: Send an E-mail to nob [dot] takahashiathotelmonterey [dot] co [dot] jp reference "UKTI Aoki"
Note: Monterey is just a few minutes from Embassy where seminar Tokyo seminar is to be held
Deadline: 20 October
Payment: individually, on arrival 



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