“Our goal is to strengthen business ties between the UK and Japan, promote and support the business interests of all our members.”


Established in 1948, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ, 在日英国商業会議所) is an exceptionally active and ever-expanding not-for-profit private membership organisation serving almost 1000 high-calibre members representing approximately 200 companies, via nine communications channels.

Open to members of all nationalities, we offer high-value events, productive networking and promotional opportunities, valuable information services, and access to influential institutions and individuals.

President & Executive Committee

Introducing our Executive Committee (Excom) for BCCJ year 2022-2023.

Richard Lyle

VP Trade & FDI, Intralink KK (BCCJ President)

Alison Beale

Director, University of Oxford Japan (BCCJ Vice-President / BCCJ Digi-tech Innovation Task Force)

Andrijana Cvetkovikj

CEO & Founder, BrioNexus KK

Mark McFarlane

Representative Director, TACCHI K.K.

Ken Katayama

Individual Member

Takuji Okubo

Individual Member

James Littlewood

Partner, EY Strategy and Consulting Company

Lisa Fox

Individual Member

James Nepaulsingh

Individual Member

Sven Palys

Founder & Co-CEO, Yuzu Kyodai

Junko Kubokawa

Representative Director, President, Croda Japan

David Bickle

Partner, Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax Co.

Edward Weeks

President & Chief Executive Officer Japan, HSBC

Kentaro Kiso

President and Representative Director, Barclays Securities Japan Limited (BCCJ Responsible Business)

Tove Kinooka

Director, Global Perspectives K.K.

Darren Goff

Deputy Trade Commissioner for North East Asia, Department for Business and Trade logo Department for International Trade (Ex officio)

Matt Knowles

British Council Director for Japan (Ex officio) (BCCJ Diversity & Inclusion)

BCCJ Staff

Sarah Backley

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the BCCJ, Sarah is responsible for the leadership, general management, and communications strategy of the organisation. Her role includes implementing operational plans to achieve Chamber goals and objectives, as set by our Executive Committee (Excom); delivering a great member services programme; and managing all BCCJ events and activities.

Sam Maddicott

Membership & Marketing

Sam is responsible for membership and marketing at the BCCJ, delivering up-to-date communications across 9 digital channels, working to serve members needs efficiently. A background in digital marketing has seen Sam deliver projects for a range of companies, from Japanese start-ups to high profile global clients such as Goldman Sachs and Guru Navi. Sam specialises in SEO, Content Strategy, Video Production.

BCCJ Support Team

Tomoka Miyashita

BCCJ Intern

Tomoka Miyashita is a student at Temple University, Japan Campus majoring in Economics, interested in Behavioral Economics. She is excited to widen her real-life experiences by learning from BCCJ members and events.

Ben Seamonds

BCCJ Intern

Ben Seamonds is a student from the University of South Carolina, studying abroad at Temple University. He is majoring in International Business and Finance with a minor in Japanese language. He is joining the BCCJ team as an intern to expand his professional network and gain a better understanding about how money and economic interests move across borders.

Jacob Layet

BCCJ Volunteer

Jacob Layet is a Scottish photographer and model on a working holiday visa in Japan. Starting an internship at the BCCJ is an incredible opportunity for Jacob to expand his knowledge of business in Japan and develop his skills. He is looking forward to events and meeting interesting people associated with the BCCJ.

Our Partners

The BCCJ works alongside a number of trusted partners in both the public and private sectors to support the delivery of its mission


The British Embassy Tokyo
The British Council
Department for International Trade and Export to Japan

Contact Us

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