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Updated on January 16, 2014

Tokyo’s “Special Zone for Asian Headquarters” project to be introduced in London

January 10, 2014
Headquarters of the Governor of Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is advancing a project to attract foreign companies to its Special Zone for Asian Headquarters with the aim to introduce further growth by boosting Tokyo’s international competitiveness.

The JETRO & UKTI symposium will be held in London as described below, to foster better understanding of the Japanese market and increase investment from the UK. At this symposium, a representative from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will give a presentation on the strengths and allure of Tokyo as well as the incentives offered by the Special Zone for Asian Headquarters to promote this project to UK companies that are interested in investment in Japan.

In addition to this, the Tokyo delegation will participate in a networking event and have one-on-one meetings with UK companies. Using these opportunities, Tokyo will encourage foreign companies to set up business in the Special Zone for Asian Headquarters.

  1. Symposium Title
    JETRO & UKTI Japan Business Promotion Symposium
    “Arrows to Japan: The Road to Business Success”
  2. Date and time
    January 16, 2014 (Thurs) from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. (London time)
  3. Venue
    BIS Conference Centre (London)
  4. Hosted by
    The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
  5. Co-hosted by
    The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Cabinet Office and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  6. Participants
    Approximately 200 participants from UK companies and other organizations
  7. Main contents
    • Provision of up-to-date information on matters of high concern for UK companies, including Japan’s Growth Strategy, business opportunities and incentives for investment (METI and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government)
    • Presentations on fascinating aspects of business in/with Japan and success stories (UK companies)
      *Please click here( External link )for further details.
  8. Other
    Please click here(PDF:76KB)for the press release to the local media announcing Tokyo’s presentation at the symposium.

What is the Special Zone for Asian Headquarters?

  • Areas where the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is implementing a new project to attract foreign companies to Tokyo
  • Goal: To attract 500 foreign companies or more by fiscal 2016, including 50 companies establishing their Asian regional headquarters or R&D center
  • Special Zone for Asian Headquarters website:

*This is a priority project of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which has been designated in the 2013 Action Program for Tokyo Vision 2020 as coming under the following goal and policy.
Goal 5: Put Tokyo on a new track to growth by raising industrial power and the allure of the city
Policy 12: Shape Tokyo into Asia’s top business hub by cultivating industries that will support Tokyo’s development


Asian Headquarters Special Zone Section
Headquarters of the Governor of Tokyo

Phone: 03-5388-2864

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