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Our Japanese Partner Chamber – Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI)

For over 10 years, we have had a close working partnership with the OCCI in the Kansai Region in Japan, the second largest economy in Japan, and which includes many famous large cities such as Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto.

This strong relationship 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.

We are delighted to be promoting the World Expo to our members, wider business community and through the network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce in the UK.  Acting as a hub, we will highlight the many opportunities available, enabling businesses across the region and beyond, to understand more about Osaka 2025.

Working with the Japanese Embassy, META and the OCCI, through a calendar of local and regional events and activities, we will be highlighting the benefits of networking and promotion in the months leading to the World Expo in 2025.

Upcoming Events

Trading With Japan

As part of our Expo 2025, Osaka programme, this webinar, in partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, will highlight a wealth of trade opportunities available to UK businesses in the Japanese market.

As the world’s 3rd third largest economy, Japan with the stability of its market, its large, wealthy, and highly educated consumer base, and the good business ethics of Japanese companies make it an attractive trading market for UK businesses.

World Expo 2025 Launch Event

The Chamber recently launched their Osaka Expo 2025 programme of activity, at Konami Digital Entertainment B.V in Windsor, with Ambassador Hayashi from the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

The event was attended by about 30 representatives of local businesses in the Thames Valley, including Japanese companies, and was designed to build momentum for 2025 Expo and to further promote business and investment between Japan and UK.

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Get Involved

We have a number of Chamber sponsorship opportunities available

UK & Japan Partnership
UK & Japan Trading
Trading with Japan

What is the World Expo

The World Expo is one of the oldest and largest events on the planet. Every five years, a city takes its turn to host the Expo, for the duration of 6 months, providing a arena for the host and the participating nations to showcase the best they have to offer.

It has a long history of innovation and inspiration, dating back to the first one in London in 1851 and since then many inventions and discoveries have been unveiled at the Expo.

The World Expo also has a lasting impact on the host city and country, transforming its urban landscape, boosting its economy and tourism, and enhancing its international reputation and relations.

What is the theme of the next World Expo 2025 Osaka?

The next World Expo will take place in Osaka, Kansai, Japan between 13 April and 13 October 2025. The theme of the Expo is “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” and aims to inspire people to think about how we can create a better future for ourselves and future generations.

The Expo will explore three sub-themes:

Saving Lives
Empowering Lives
Connecting Lives

It will also support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all by 2030.

It will feature pavilions from more than 150 countries and international organisations, as well as exhibits from cities, regions, companies, civil society, and national governing organisations.

The Expo site will cover which covers 383 acres of Yumeshima Island in Osaka Bay and will will feature the world’s largest wooden roof, called the “Grand Roof”, which will provide shade and ventilation for the visitors.

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