“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 2023-2024.

Richard Lyle

VP Trade & FDI, Intralink KK (BCCJ President)

Alison Beale

Director, University of Oxford Japan (BCCJ Vice-President)

Junko Kubokawa

Representative Director, President, Croda Japan

Matt Knowles

British Council Director for Japan

James Nepaulsingh

Individual Member

Sven Palys

Founder & Co-CEO, Yuzu Kyodai

Ken Katayama

Individual Member

Alison Beale

Director, University of Oxford Japan (BCCJ Vice-President)

Mark McFarlane

Representative Director, TACCHI K.K.

Tove Kinooka

Director, Global Perspectives K.K.

Kentaro Kiso

President and Representative Director, Barclays Securities Japan Limited

Edward Weeks

President & Chief Executive Officer Japan, HSBC

Taisuke Yokota

Camping with Soul Japan Ltd

Keith Thomas

Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, Associate Partner at EY Japan

Andrijana Cvetkovikj

CEO & Founder, BrioNexus KK

Richard Lyle

VP Trade & FDI, Intralink KK (BCCJ President)

Takuji Okubo

Individual Member

Vivian Tokai

Individual Member

Darren Goff

Deputy Trade Commissioner for North East Asia, Department for Business and Trade logo Department for International Trade

Marie-Claire Joyce

Trade Counsellor, British Embassy Tokyo

Matt Knowles

British Council Director for Japan

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

Avian Massie

BCCJ Intern

I’m Avian, I am currently in my last semester in university and am currently interning at the BCCJ. I major in Political Science – with an interest in the East Asian region and international affairs. I’m looking forward to applying my knowledge in real world situations and deepening British-Japan ties.

Radeea Ahmed

BCCJ Intern

I’m a senior at Temple University Japan, majoring in International Business Studies with a minor in Economics. Joining BCCJ as an intern, I’m eager to gain practical insights into cross-cultural business practices. My goal is to gain valuable insights from the BCCJ team, contributing to the promotion of international trade and effective collaboration in the business world. Thrilled to bring my academic knowledge to life and contribute to the dynamic work of the BCCJ team and foster a meaningful impact in the realm of global business dynamics.

Calum Kelly

BCCJ Volunteer

In my fifth and final year of the JET programme, I have joined the BCCJ to make new connections and prepare for my next career in business. I’m looking forward to meeting the BCCJ members, hearing about your experiences, and gleaning valuable insights. Being just a tad older, I’ve had a couple of careers already. Before coming to Japan, I worked in Criminal Justice and risk management. Please feel free to ask me about it, although I can’t disclose whether I put my barber behind bars.

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 Business & Trade
Export to Japan
British Chambers of Commerce Global Business Network

Contact Us

Do you have a question? Or would you like to learn more about how the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan can support your business?

Send us an enquiry – we would be delighted to hear from you.

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