Art & Design

Creating My Brand: Fashion Entrepreneurship in Japan and the UK

5 December 2016, London

In post-war Japan, the ideal family structure was that of a working father and a stay-at-home mother with children. Women were not expected to work, let alone start up her own business. However, things have radically changed since the mid-twentieth century. Prime Minister Abe is encouraging women to fully engage in the labour market in the midst of an aging society and impending demographic crisis. Well educated and strong-willed young women are now most welcome to enter into the business world as leaders, just like their male counterparts. However, it is still quite rare for a female Japanese entrepreneur to be successful, both in Japan and on the international stage. Is it because of an unfavourable business environment? Or is there an inherent expectation that women cannot be good enough to run their own business and therefore female entrepreneurs are doomed to failure?


In this talk, Junko Kemi, a successful Japanese entrepreneur, Founder and Lead Designer of Japanese womenswear brand kay me will discuss her business journey so far and how she transitioned from the corporate world to the creative industry. Junko will also share the challenges she faced in establishing her business in Japan as well as launching kay me overseas. She will explore the similarities and differences between British and Japanese business practices and conclude by discussing the future and ultimate vision of the kay me brand.


Free but booking is essential at

5 December 2016, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP UK

Tel: 020 7486 4348 Fax: 020 7486 2914

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation