UK-Japan Trade Summit (Jan 20) | BCCJ member discount

Written by BCCJ
January 15, 2021


Written by BCCJ
January 15, 2021

The BCCJ is a proud supporter of the UK-Japan Trade Summit 2021

Standard delegate fee: £250 + VAT
BCCJ members are eligible for a 30% discount. Please email [email protected] for code.

The BCCJ is pleased to be supporting this high-profile conference, which is a must-attend event for British firms thinking of entering the Japanese market for the first time or expanding their presence in Japan.

On the 11th of September, the UK secured a free trade agreement with Japan, which is the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent trading nation and will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 billion. The UK and Japan have a long-shared history as free trading nations and this deal has given both countries an opportunity to deepen the partnership in a number of industry sectors including finance, digital trade, technology, manufacturing, food and drink.

Against this background we are delighted to announce that The UK-Japan Free Trade Summit will take place on the 20th of January.

Opened by The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, President of the Board of Trade and chaired by Sir David Wright GCMG LVO, Chair, TheCityUK Japan Market Advisory Group; Global Advisor, SMFJ and Former UK Ambassador to Japan, this high-profile conference will provide delegates with an in-depth understanding of the agreement’s key benefits as well as an analysis of the business opportunities in the key industry sectors, both in terms of export potential and direct investment.


Key topics will include:

• What does trade between the UK and Japan look like at the moment and how has it been impacted by COVID-19? Which new benefits will the FTA bring to UK businesses (majors and SMEs), entrepreneurs and exporters? Successfully moving towards the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership • Benefitting from the new Rules of Origin, tariff free access for more UK goods and strong tariff reductions for others

• Successfully building on the UK’s existing international obligations to ensure high standards. Protecting UK goods – new geographical indications (Gis). Meeting the UK’s commitments on diversity and inclusion, climate change, environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards. Dispute resolution

• How will the FTA impact the future of the UK financial services, professional and business services sectors?Increased transparency and streamlined application processes for licence applications. Eliminating barriers to cross-border trade and investment and effectively co-operating on reducing regulatory friction between two countries

• Supporting the free flow of data between Japan and UK whilst maintaining high standards of protection for personal data and maximising opportunities for digital trade across all sectors of the UK economy. Promoting innovation and growth of the UK firms operating in Japan. Ban on data localization. Approach to cybercrime

• Creating more opportunities in the manufacturing, food & drinks sector: increased market access, tariff reductions and tariff-free sectoral agreements, new protections, improved mobility for business people, standards and rules of origin



The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities
Hiroshi Matsuura, Japan’s Envoy Extraordinary, Minister Plenipotentiary in the UK & Chief Negotiator, UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement
His Excellency Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan
Mr Graham Zebedee, Chief Negotiator, UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement; Director, Continuity Negotiations and Development, UK Department for International Trade
Mr Paul Alger MBE, Director, International Business, UK Fashion and Textiles Association
Sir Roger Gifford, Senior Banker, SEB, Chairman of the City of London Green Finance Initiative and the Advisory Board of the IBDE
Ms Amanda Tickel, International Tax Partner, Deloitte
Senior Representative, SMBC
Mr Dominic Goudie, Head of International Trade, Food and Drink Federation
Mr Keiichi Aritomo, Executive Director, FinCity.Tokyo
Mr David Bailey, Executive Director for International Banks Supervision, Bank of England
Richard Knox, Director International Services International, HM Treasury
Mr Andy Burwell, Director of International Trade and Investment, CBI
Mr Mike Cherry OBE, National Chairman OBE, The Federation of Small Businesses
Ms Michelle Chivunga, Founder & CEO, Global Policy House
Ms Charlotte Crosswell, CEO, Innovate Finance
Mr Julian David, CEO, TechUK
Mr Ben Digby, Head of Global Trade Policy, Group Public Affairs, HSBC Holdings plc
Junko Kubokawa, Representative Director, President, Croda Japan
Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
Dr Minako Morita-Jaeger, International Trade Policy Consultant and Fellow,The UK Trade Policy Observatory, The University of Sussex
Mr Kevin Shakespeare FIEx, IOE&IT Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Institute of Export and International Trade
Mr Robert Sheasby, Chief Executive, Agricultural Industries Confederation
Mr Nick von Westenholz, Director of EU Exit and International Trade, National Farmers’ Union
Sir David Wright GCMG LVO, Chair, TheCityUK Japan Market Advisory Group; Global Advisor, SMFJ and Former UK Ambassador to Japan
Mr Steve Crane, Founder & CEO, Business Link Japan Ltd, CEO, Export to Japan, NPO
Jim Walker, Managing Director, Walkers Shortbread
Jennifer Revis, Partner, Baker McKenzie
Hideo Kawafune, COO, SMBC Bank International (SMBCBI)

Delegate Fees

Standard Delegate Fee: £250 + VAT
BCCJ Discounted Delegate Fee: £175 + VAT (use code JFT1BCCJ30)
Small Company Delegate Fee: £95 + VAT* 

* “Small Company” relates to an organisation with less than 50 employees or a group with less than 50 employees.