The British Industry Centre has officially opened in Yokohama to help small businesses wanting to move into Japan.
The centre is a joint venture between the Department of Trade and Industry and the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and offers subsidised office space to UK companies.
“The Japanese market is very difficult to break into without a presence. We have office spaces subsidised by around 40 per cent and also offer support services operated by bi-lingual speakers,” says Ian Cranshaw of the DTI’s Exports to Japan Unit.
Companies will also have access to business contacts through the Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
Units vary in size, starting at 40m2, which costs 553 a month to rent, with the lease around 5000.
This year is Festival ’98 in Japan, a celebration of UK creativity comprising around 250 events.