ARCHIVED Japan – UK Symposium Celebrating the 150 years of Iwakura Mission
Monday 24 April 2023
1.00 – 9.30pm
101–111 Kensington High Street
London W8 5SA
IoD members: £55*
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*The Japan Society has a few discounted tickets (at the IoD members' rate) available to members. Please contact us if you would like to take up one of those places.
This is the event postponed from 14 December 2022.
The Japan Society is delighted to be associated with this special event, organised by the Institute of Directors, aimed at anyone involved in international trade. The gathering will, among other things, consider business opportunities between the UK, Japan and how partnering can open up opportunities in third countries.
The Iwakura Mission stayed in Britain for 122 days. This mission was the most significant of the Japanese missions sent to Western countries at the dawn of the Meiji period in 1873. It was the first Japanese mission designed according to Western diplomatic principles and perhaps the first mission in world history to include a large proportion of a country’s leadership. The 150th Anniversary provides an ideal opportunity to raise relations to a new level focused on carrying out trade and realising new businesses opportunities between Japan and the UK.
Japan was the first to sign a bilateral trade agreement in the post-Brexit age. It has brought opportunities to restore digital competitiveness and productivity for the two nations covering for example Industrial Manufacturing, Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail, Systems integrators and technology providers, and the Public Sector.
The Institute of Directors (IoD) intends to act as a catalyst and encourage its members and the business community to celebrate the business and trade relationship. Participants will meet experts, business leaders, and trade policymakers, and network with liked minded business people. Japan is joining forces with like-minded countries to strengthen economic security, enhance supply chain resilience, and fund the capacity to conduct advanced research in Science, Technology and Innovation, which brings an immense opportunity for the two nations.
For further speaker details and to download the digital brochure, please click here.