Japan has a large and sophisticated Self Defence Force.This consists of the Ground Self Defence Force, the Maritime Self Defence Force, and the Air Self Defence Force. In 2013, the UK and Japan agreed to develop closer Government-to-Government links related to Defence Equipment. This is intended to lead to deeper relationships between our respective Defence industries.
The Japan Police Force consists of the National Police Agency (NPA. the co-ordinating body for the entire police system), and 43 individual prefectural polices forces. There are close to 300,000 police officers nationwide.
Japan has a very close defence and security relationship with the United States, but is open to building new linkages with other nations, particularly in Europe.
Peacekeeping Support and Operations
Fast Patrol Boats
Cyber Security and Information Assurance
Security screening – airports etc
Protective clothing & equipments
Getting into the market
When doing business in Japan, a partner or agent is key to providing a route into the Defence & Security market and can also be a useful guide and possible safeguard against any in country regulatory restrictions. It is important to be very clear about the benefits to Japanese organisations when talking to them about your services/equipments and it is also important to show your long term commitment in Japan. Building relationships is a slow and measured process but once developed can be key to success. With carful maintenance a good relationship is one for life.
Quality products tried and tested and innovation is just as important as the price.
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country – or contact your local international trade team.
Emily Woodburn, UKTI DSO; Tel: +44 (0)20 7215 8318; Email: Emily.Woodburn@ukti.gsi.gov.uk
Yasuhiro Shimasaka, British Embassy Tokyo; Tel: +81 (0) 35211 1177; Email: Yusuhiro.Shimasaka@fco.gov.uk
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
DSEI Exhibition London
Date: 10-13 September 2013
Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference on Anti-Terrorism (SEECAT), Tokyo
Date: 2-4 October 2013