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UK-Japan Free Trade Virtual Summit - Members Discount

UK-Japan Free Trade Virtual Summit - Members Discount


Delegate Fee: £250 + VAT (where applicable).

Japan Society members fee:
30% discount available with code: JFT1JSOC

Registration via website, email or phone (+44 1932 340115).
To obtain your discount, please quote the discount code when registering: JFT1JSOC.
Please note that discount is not applicable on the reduced 'small company' participation fee.

The UK-Japan Free Trade Summit: A Shared Political, Economic and Financial Vision for Mutual Benefit
Wednesday 20 January 2021
Official Website

On 11 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 City & Financial Global in partnership with The City UK are delighted to announce that The UK-Japan Free Trade Summit will take place on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

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.


Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MPSecretary of State and President of the Board of Trade, Minister for Women and Equalities

Sir David Wright GCMG LVOChair, TheCityUK Japan Market Advisory Group, Global Advisor, SMFJ and Former UK Ambassador to Japan

Graham ZebedeeChief Negotiator, UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement, Director, Continuity Negotiations and Development at UK Department for International Trade

Keiichi AritomoExecutive Director, FinCity.Tokyo

Andy BurwellDirector of International Trade and Investment, CBI

Mike Cherry OBENational Chairman, The Federation of Small Businesses

Nick von WestenholzDirector of EU Exit and International Trade, National Farmers’ Union

Dr Minako Morita-Jaeger, International Trade Policy Consultant and Fellow, The UK Trade Policy Observatory, The University of Sussex

Michelle ChivungaFounder & CEO, Global Policy House

Julian David, CEO, TechUK

Ben DigbyHead of Global Trade Policy, Group Public Affairs, HSBC Holdings plc

Dominic GoudieHead of International Trade, Food and Drink Federation

Dr Adam MarshallDirector General, The British Chambers of Commerce

Robert SheasbyCEO, Agricultural Industries Confederation

Paul Alger MBEDirector, International Business, UK Fashion and Textiles Association

Charlotte CrosswellCEO, Innovate Finance

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