Senior political and industry figures to attend Asian Business Leaders Award ceremony

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Business leaders, British Government figures, Heads of Mission and representatives from more than 20 countries, will be among the dignitaries at the Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award ceremony next week to honour the achievements of Hitachi Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi. Asian Governments will be well represented with 16 Heads of Mission and a further 10 officials in the audience. UK Business Secretary Greg Clark and the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones will be among the UK political figures at the ceremony.

Japan is a greatly valued partner, says UK Business Secretary

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UK Business Secretary The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP has spoken exclusively to Asia House following a trip to Japan. He said: “The UK is a global powerhouse and Japan our second biggest investor is a greatly valued partner." Mr Clark will present the Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award to Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board, Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd., at a lavish dinner at Banqueting House on 1 November. Nissan this week announced it would build two new car models at its Sunderland plant bolstering Japan-UK ties further.

Hitachi chairman to be presented with Asia House annual leadership award

Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board, Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd., will be presented with the Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award at Banqueting House on 1 November. Mr Nakanishi was selected as the recipient of this year’s Award in recognition of his achievements over the course of his five-year tenure at the helm of Hitachi, a Japanese multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Tokyo.

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Xi Jinping's political agenda ahead of the 2017 party congress: the implications for business

Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, will discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping's political agenda over the next year ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which is taking place in Beijing in 2017. Professor Brown will look at what Xi wants to achieve and shed light on the implications for foreign businesses.

Tuesday 6 December

08.00 - 09.30

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Leading Leave campaigner Dr Gerard Lyons to share his views on Brexit negotiations

Independent economist Dr Gerard Lyons was the co-founder of the Economists for Brexit, a group that campaigned to demonstrate the economic upside to leaving the EU. He was also the Chief Economic Advisor to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson when Mr Johnson was Mayor of London. He will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing to share his views on the critical Brussels negotiations, as well as the impact on the City of London of leaving the single market.

Thursday December 1

08.00 - 09.30

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For corporate members only

Foreign Office minister to speak about opportunities for UK businesses in the services sector in Asia

Alok Sharma, Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (pictured), will give a speech about the future of UK trade after Brexit and how UK companies can contribute to the growing demand for services in Asia, at this signature conference, which is being held in partnership with HSBC.

Wednesday 23 November

08.30 - 13.00

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The emergence of 'micro-multinationals': impact on ecosystem of Asian supply chains

Nimble mid-sized UK & Asian firms are entering new markets earlier in their business cycle. These ‘micro-multinationals’ tend be agile, tech savvy and look at the world with a global mindset. Their emergence is changing the ecosystem of Asian supply chains. Noel Quinn, Chief Executive of Global Commercial Banking, HSBC and Anne Patricia Sutanto, Vice President Director, PT Pan Brothers Tbk will discuss these changes in the commercial global landscape at this signature conference, being held in partnership with HSBC.

Wednesday 23 November

08.30 - 13.00

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Likelihood of UK staying in EU Customs Union post-Brexit among topics discussed at briefing

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The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade Mark Garnier MP joined Asia House corporate members for a private briefing. Topics discussed at the briefing included countries the UK has already started informal talks with regarding bilateral trade agreements post-Brexit, the process for drawing up free trade agreements globally, the timetable for exiting the EU and the UK Government’s stance on the European Union Customs Union.

Global trade deals and the movements towards protectionism globally on the agenda

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HE Koji Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambassador to the UK, and the Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith, New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, joined Asia House corporate members and selected participants for a private briefing and roundtable discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and other global trade deals, as well as the movements towards protectionism globally.

American burgers and Chinese steamed pork buns with regional twists make up flavours across Japan

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The Asia House 2015 Yan-kit So Memorial Award winner Celia Plender writes about her trip researching regional cuisine in Japan.

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A pioneering Sri Lankan architect and her influence on 20th century architecture

Minnette De Silva (1918 – 1998) was the first female to be trained as an architect in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) and one of only two women architects who set up practice in their own name in the post-war period. De Silva was also the first Asian female architect to become an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects based in London. In this talk, architectural critic Seneka Weeraman and architect Selva Sandrapragas RIBA ARB will explore the life and work of De Silva and her contribution to the development of architectural ideas in the 20th century.

Friday 11 November

18.45 - 20.45

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Asia House shortlisted in Time Out Love London Awards

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Asia House has been shortlisted in the 'Local Culture' category in Marylebone in the Time Out Love London Awards 2016. The Awards help Londoners showcase the best bits of where they live. Members of the public can vote in every category. Voting will take place until Monday, 31 October. The results will be revealed on Tuesday, 15 November.

Exhibition to portray the development and art of Chinese woodblock printmaking

As part of Asian Art in London, Asia House, in conjunction with the Muban Educational Trust, is holding an exhibition 'Vision and Revision: The Art of Chinese Woodblock Prints'. A selection of 12 prints illustrating the development of Chinese woodblock printmaking from the 1970s to the present day will be on display in the Asia House Reception.

3 - 11 November

09.00 - 18.00

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Free entry

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