Japan Desk

Japan Desk


The Japan Desk at the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce works with member UK businesses helping identify partnerships and strategy agreements as well as building stronger working relationships with those wanting to establish companies or work in the Japanese market. With many UK companies’ showing a strong interest in dealing with Japan for exporting, importing and collaborative partnerships over the years, ongoing opportunities are readily available.

One area the Japan desk has played a pivotal role is in helping remove common misconceptions about the Japanese market and its willingness to embrace external businesses. These include: “Japan is a closed market”; “It is difficult to get into the market due to strong ties between Japanese group companies”; “Japanese technology is advanced and there is no room for us.” In fact, many Japanese companies are keen to work with UK counterparts but are often unsure how to reach the right organisation.


Japan Desk support includes:

–  Specialist Helpline
–  1-2-1 consultation
–  Events and Market Visits
–  Bilateral Market Entry Support
–  Bilateral Inward Investment Support
–  Identifying Partners for Business Collaboration and R & D
–  Multi-Cultural Business Training


Partnership with Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI)

Since 2012, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce has established a close working relationship with the Kansai Region in Japan, the second largest economy in Japan, and includes many famous large cities such as Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto.

Specific industry clusters including energy, life science, IoT and AI as well as established links with academic institutions ensures Thames Valley and Kansai regions have similar aspirations to strengthen international activities through solid partnerships.

The strong relationship between them culminated in a Memorandum of Understanding of Trade & Investment co-operation, signed between the Chamber and OCCI in October 2014, resulting in trade delegations visits and new business opportunities arising.

If you would like any further information about the Japan desk, please contact export@tvchamber.co.uk or phone 01753 870 560.


1-2-1 Clinics 

Future dates – 30 minute sections:

11:00-14:00 – Wednesday 24th January

10:30-14:00 – Wednesday 7th February

10:30-14:00 – Wednesday 14th February


To book a 1-2-1 with the specialist, please contact export@tvchamber.co.uk or phone 01753 870 560.



Case Study

Joint UK-Japan Collaboration

Saddle Up for Japan