2020: a bad year for Japan / UK trade

Ross Hall

May 5, 2021
(Updated on June 17, 2021)

Illustration of a Japanese flag overlaid on a fading Union Jack

2020 was the year of the pandemic, and every economy suffered. My interest is Japan and the UK, and while many of my peers look at it from a UK perspective, I prefer the Japanese. I keep my findings on a page on LinkedIn, which I update from time to time.

Using data from Japan’s official statistics authority, I’ve looked at how imports and exports with major markets have unfolded over the past 6 years. Then I’ve dug into the UK. Some highlights:

Unrelated, China became Japan’s largest import and export markets.

You view the full findings on my LinkedIn page.

Born in the UK in the early 70s, I’ve enjoyed a diverse and eclectic career. I spent time in IBM, survived the dot.com bust, got myself well known in Insurance, and lived through more digital transformation projects than is healthy. In late ’20, in the middle of a pandemic, I upped sticks and moved to Kobe, Japan with my wife.

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