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Managing Mobility and Employee Benefits between the UK and Japan

Japanese assignments Japan Global Mobility Japan relocation EventWith a GDP 1.9 times larger than the UK, and GDP per capita 8 times that of China, Japan is Asia’s high-tech powerhouse economy. Source

Gerson Relocation is hosting a seminar in association with Koyanagi, Willis Towers Watson and specialist Japanese mobility experts to examine how to manage mobility and benefits strategies between these two key global economies.


A key international trade and talent route with unique challenges

According to AIRINC research, London is no longer the most expensive financial centre for assignment packages, largely due to the depreciation of the Pound. Despite enjoying a long period of low inflation, the relative strength of the Yen means Tokyo, with its housing and taxes, is currently the most expensive major financial centre for expats. Furthermore, UK/Japan assignments represent one of the greatest cultural challenges for employers managing international workforces.

With this in mind, Gerson Relocation is hosting a seminar in association with Willis Towers Watson and specialist Japanese mobility experts to examine how to manage mobility and benefits strategies between these two key global economies.

Sign up to our upcoming seminar on Managing Mobility between the UK and Japan on Tuesday 11th September 2018.

If you are an employer involved in managing employee benefits and/or assignments between Japan and the UK, this is an essential update to ensure the smooth running of your programme.

Date: Tuesday 11th September 2018

Time: 13.30-17.00

Location: Willis Towers Watson, The Willis Building, 51 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ

Cost: Free to attend for all in-house HR, Employee Benefits and Global Mobility professionals


The Panel

  • Tom Standring – Head of Global Mobility, Hitachi Europe Ltd.
  • James Coker – Associate Director / Consultant, Health & Benefits, Willis Towers Watson
  • Chi Lam – Japan Tax Specialist, Greenback Alan LLP
  • John Koyanagi – Owner, Koyanagi Worldwide
  • Helen Collingsworth – AIRINC data
  • Li Xiang – Immigration specialist focusing on Japan
  • Pernille Rudlin – Japan Intercultural Consulting


Who Should Attend

This is for employers with offices in Japan and the UK: HR, Head of Global Mobility, Comp & Benefits professionals, International Reward.



The Agenda

The format will divided into two main sessions, encompassing presentations from key speakers and additional content provided by subject matter experts. Each session will involve key presentations from the panel and interactive open table discussion opportunities.

Attendees will benefit from seeing how other heads of mobility and HR manage their mobility programmes.  We will also look at the relocating employee aspect, in particular from the perspective of bringing Japanese assignees to the UK and sending your employees on assignment to Japan.


Benefits of attending and take homes:

We anticipate an engaging session for attendees with plenty of opportunities to learn about:

  • The latest challenges facing HR and Global Mobility and the strategies to address these
  • Latest best practices for mobility and employee benefits policies
  • Critical updates regarding immigration and tax compliance
  • Top tips for ensuring employee happiness, engagement and improved productivity


13.30 Registration

Arrive for networking over coffees and teas.


14.00 Session One: Programme Design

Global Mobility Programme Design and Policy
An introduction to Japanese global mobility and strategies presented by Head of Global Mobility.

Employee Benefits Strategy
Key considerations regarding managing your benefits strategy.


15.45 Session Two: The Assignee Experience

Japan Immigration & Tax Considerations
Japan immigration update with working visas for Japanese employees coming to the UK and sending employees to Japan. Reporting, compliance considerations and managing risk.

Relocation, Moving & Housing
Housing budgets, schooling options, customs requirements, banking and settling-in.

Managing Risk and Culture Shock!
What you need to consider to make each assignment a success.


17.00 Close and Networking

An opportunity to network with your peers and to meet the speakers and subject matter experts.




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Spaces are limited so reserve yours today:
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