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New Roads to Japan - Forging better business links through the Toyota City-Derbyshire Partnership

Host: Japan Local Government Centre
Venue: The Roundhouse, Derby, DE24 8JE
Date: Friday 1st February, 2019
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free

This year’s JLGC seminar, as part of the recent 20th Anniversary of Toyota-Derbyshire Twinning activities, will focus on creating opportunities for local business through international municipal twinning links, looking at Derbyshire's longstanding link with Toyota City, and international strategies implemented by local authorities with Japan and their importance of UK local authorities forming long-term partnerships to support their local economies.

This event has been organised with Derbyshire County Council and Marketing Derby for local business interested in the Japanese market and Japanese inward investment trends into the UK, and would be of interest to professionals working in such areas within the wider East Midlands areas, as well as the Japanese business community in London wanting to know more about economic trends in the region.

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 11:45

Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor, External Affairs Derby University, Chair opening explanation of the day

Mr. Koichiro Kuno, Toyota City Government Greeting

Greeting from Mr. Yoshiyuki Kurono, Director General, Japan Local Government Centre, London; introducing the seminar and JLGC

11:45 – 12:10

Keynote Speaker, Greg Sutch, CEO Intralink, followed by Q&A; “New era of opportunity: sustainable prosperity through innovation and collaboration"

12:10– 12:40

Panel discussion & Q&A 1

Panelist TBC,Toyota Manufacturing UK

Steve Crane, CEO Business Link Japan Ltd

Panelist TBC, Hitachi Trains Europe

Sir John Peace (invited), Midlands Engine Chairman

Panelist TBC Derby University

12:40 – 13:45

Networking Lunch and exhibition, with 5 minute Marketing Derby introduction to exhibition area

13:45 – 14:10

Plenary Speaker Mr Hiroyuki, Iwamura Ashurst LLP, followed by Q&A: "Helping Japanese cos invest in the UK, what investors are looking for"

14:10– 14:40

Panel discussion & Q&A 2

Cllr Tony King, Cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, Derbyshire County Council

Frank McArdle, Chief Executive, South Derbyshire District

Laura Howard, Head of International Trade, East Midlands Chamber

Panelist TBC UK GOV, DIT

14:40 – 15:00:

Q&A for all speakers and summary

15:00 – Finish

Please use the password ukjapanrelations to review and register.

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