Bridges: You connect Japan and the United Kingdom. How would you describe the current economic relationship between the two countries?
Yoshida: After the United Kingdom left the European Union, the first free trade agreement signed as an independent trading state was the Japan-UK Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement which came into effect last year. With Japan as the 4th largest non-EU trading partner of the United Kingdom, we believe the economic relationship of the two countries is not only significant, but also set to grow deeper than before.
According to the Department for International Trade, as a non-EU country, Japan is ranked 4th for number of the Foreign Inward Investment projects into the UK in 2020-21, 3rd for number of new jobs created, and 2nd for number of disclosed safeguarded jobs. This indicates the robustness of the economic relationship between the two countries, even during the adversities caused by COVID-19.
Bridges: As a London-based firm in a competitive industry, what added-value does Japanese Financial Solutions Limited bring to its clients?
Yoshida: We have been providing a precise and hands-on service to clients from a wide range of industries through our team of Japanese and British staff since 2002. Our service is highly personalized to meet each client’s needs, and we closely monitor satisfaction to ensure continual improvement.
Bridges: As we approach 2022, what can clients expect from Japanese Financial Solutions Limited in terms of services and solutions?
Yoshida: Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the progression of AI are changing the fundamental nature of how professional services are provided, as well as the expectations of clients. We expect such changes to accelerate in 2022. London is a progressive and international city, with a business environment that changes rapidly. Our goal is to continue handling clients’ affairs swiftly and comprehensively. Rather than offering a piecemeal service which consists of producing financial statements and tax returns, our aim is to optimize IT to increase efficiency and provide total solutions fitting our clients’ needs.