Ambassador talks up investment opportunities in Britain

British Ambassador to Tokyo Graham Fry said Wednesday that Britain can provide attractive investment opportunities for Japanese businesses pursuing global strategies by making use of government incentives, the nation’s scientific might and its human resources.

With the British economy having continued to expand for the past 10 years, the number of new investments from overseas businesses exceeded 800 last year, about 50 of which were from Japan, Fry said.

Aside from its financial and legal services, Britain’s scientific strength, sustained by academic institutions’ stepped-up collaboration with businesses, will be another attraction for prospective foreign investors, he said.

hE also voiced hope that Japanese businesses will consider Britain as a venue for the relocation or establishment of their corporate headquarters and R&D centers in Europe.

The envoy added that, as part of his embassy’s efforts to attract more Japanese investors, a British design show will be organized in Tokyo in early October to showcase top-notch British designers, from fashion to industry, and their work.

Britain will showcase its scientific appeal at its pavilion at the Aichi Expo, which will be held for six months on the outskirts of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, from next March, he added.