Doing business with Japan
As part of the wider Japan400 Plymouth celebration, this event is aimed at supporting and developing inward investment and export opportunities between the South West United Kingdom and Japan.

The event aims to:
  • Set this in context with the region’s wider economic strategy and local infrastructure developments
  • Showcase successful examples of inward investment and export opportunities
  • Highlight critical success factors e.g. culture, etiquette, etc for doing business with Japan
  • Provide a forum for like-minded businesses to network and share experiences
  • Offer an opportunity for businesses to influence key decision and policy makers
  • Outline the support available to businesses.


26 September 2014 14:00–16:00. Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth

13:30–14:00: Registration and refreshments
14:00–14:05: Open conference and housekeeping  - Dr Jonathan Mackintosh (University of Plymouth)
14:05–14:15: Welcome address - Tudor Evans (Plymouth City Council)
14:15–14:25: The Business Perspective - Steve Cardew (Kawasaki Precision Machinery)
14:25–15:00: Sharing experiences from industry - Case study presentations
15:00–15:10: Ceremonial address and opening guest of honour
15:10–16:00: Refreshments and networking

Visit the University’s events calendar for more information about this event.

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