BCCJ Past Events

UK Gov Briefing for BCCJ Members: Ukraine

Last Tuesday, March 29, Dan Salter, Political Counsellor at the British Embassy Tokyo, briefed the BCCJ members on the current situation in Ukraine. Taking members through the developments happening on the ground and the actions taken so far by the UK government, as well as comment on the international response to the crisis so far. Specific analysis will also touch upon the Japanese Government’s response, and what future bi- and multi-lateral engagement might entail as the days and weeks go by.

Sustainability Outlook: Trends that Will Shape Our Businesses and Lives in 2022

What key trends will shape the sustainability agenda in 2022? This virtual event was designed to hear from a distinguished group of panellists. During a discussion moderated by ACCJ Sustainability Committee Co-chair/BCCJ Executive Committee member, Heather McLeish, our panellists share their perspectives on the sustainability outlook for 2022 and the implications it may have on businesses and society. They also addressed key points of how to turn sustainability ambitions into reality.

Japan-UK Climate Cooperation Beyond COP26

This event, was organised in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in the UK, will bring together leading experts from both Japan and the UK to consider how the two countries can work towards decarbonisation and advance the broader global climate agenda beyond COP26.

Swing into Spring: BCCJ Networking & EGM 2022

In the evening of March 17 a special in-person networking event was hosted by BCCJ member Prince Hotels in the elegant surroundings of the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa’s Grand Cafe Patio to talk business and make connections!

358 Days Inside the Suga Administration

Looking specifically at his 358 days in the Suga administration as the then-PM’s special advisor, David addressed some of the misconceptions about how policy decisions are made in Japan provide insights into the challenges of economic policy making in the world’s third largest economy.

International Women’s Day 2022 #BreakTheBias

After opening remarks from Helen Smith, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Tokyo, Bill Emmott, Chairman of the Japan Society in the UK, will lead the discussion to shed light on where we stand in this sea of bias – in the UK, Japan, and globally. Joined by Andrijana Cvetkovikj, North Asia Director at the Economist Corporate Network, and Yoko Makiguchi, CEO of Revolut Japan, the panel will acknowledge the work already being done in organisations and communities to respond to gender bias, and address what the key roles are for individuals, corporates and governments, in pushing the agenda forward and breaking these biases.

BCCJ EduGroup-Future of Education

The BCCJ EduGroup is designed to bring educators together in person and online to learn, share, and inspire. Through thought leadership and new collaborations, we can bring about changes to how we think about teaching and what future education models could look like.

Looking ahead: Japan and the world 2022

Lingering travel bans and border closures, supply chain bottlenecks, labour shortages, worsened economic inequality, and in Europe and North America a sharp rise in inflation. These are just a few of the pandemic-related disturbances that continue to persist, exacerbated by the newest threat to recovery, Omicron, and by geopolitical tensions. In this Global Forecast session led by Chairman of the Japan Society UK and IISS Bill Emmott, our speakers will pick out the key trends and issues businesses should be bracing for this year.

Beyond COP26: From Discussion to Action  

This “Beyond COP” series of events is being convened by a coalition of international Chambers of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ, AHK Japan, ANZCCJ, BCCJ, CCCJ, IJCC,) with the aim of promoting understanding of and action on critical climate issues. Pre-COP26, the coalition’s aim was to build awareness and engagement ahead of the conference; the group now moves into review mode, to provide helpful analysis of key conference outcomes, and co-create practical, industry-specific action points for businesses of all sizes.

6th Inter-Chamber Ski Race

With more than 120 people having attended, this is one of the largest inter-chamber weekend retreat in Japan. While organized by foreign chambers in Japan, half the attendees are usually Japanese, the other half are foreign nationals. Families, partners and children were also welcome!

BCCJ Digi-Shinnenkai 2022

In this condensed 45-minute interactive session, the BCCJ team  lifts the curtain on their plans and aspirations for the year ahead, and encourages members to have their say in shaping the BCCJ Programme for 2022. This is an opportunity to hear from BCCJ Executive Committee President and Taskforce leaders, and to catch up with both new and familiar faces online.

 

British Christmas Market

This year, the BCCJ joined forces with Chamber member the British Luxury Brands Group (BLBG) who rolled out the British Christmas Market at the Playhouse in Aoyama Tokyo last December 12 (Sunday). On display, a fine and festive selection of member goodies, from diamonds and luxury goods, to tasty liquors and nibbles to get anyone through the winter hibernation.

Having had an exciting line up of a fantastic selection of goods from BCCJ members and supporters such as Diamdel Inc., H&I, Suki Tea (Invest Northern Ireland), Swan & Lion, Whisk-e, Wimbledon Brewery, The Cactus Lady, Brompton, Phoenix House Internatonal School, Wedgewood, and many more!

 

 

From surviving to thriving: building a brighter future

Talk thus far has largely focused on how we survive in a warmer, less predictable and more hostile world, but what if we reframe the conversation to focus instead on how we can thrive – surely a more attractive prospect?

Last November 30, the BCCJ together with globally recognised Cambridge “pracademic” and prolific author Dr Wayne Visser, will draw on the “possibilist” thinking and practices outlined in his upcoming book: Thriving: The Breakthrough Movement to Regenerate Nature, Society, and the Economy.

 

BCCJ Breakfast Club I, II, and III (In-Person Event)

BCCJ Breakfast Club I, II, and III are the three fully in-person events held by the BCCJ. BCCJ members were able to have exclusive access to Shangri La Tokyo, ANA InterContinental Tokyo, and Conrad Tokyo’s luxurious pavilions. Members have been invited to join us for a plated breakfast with new and familiar faces, whilst enjoying stunning views of the city.

Each of our Breakfasts have been loosely themed around one of our BCCJ 5.0 pillars each event: Digi-Tech Innovation, Responsible Business, Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

British Business Awards

The best of UK-Japan relations, as well as British excellence, innovation, diversity, entrepreneurship and responsible business contributions in Japan were recognised last night at the 2021 British Business Awards (BBA2021) – a hybrid black-tie gala event live streamed from the British Embassy Tokyo.

Organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), with award winners chosen by a panel of six independent judges from the worlds of business, sports, government, and media, the BBA is now considered a unique yearly showcase for British creativity, culture and commerce.

Driven by the theme of “TRANSFORM THE NORM”, this year’s BBA highlighted some of the most impressive and innovative contributions made by UK-Japan-related organisations over the past twelve months, including responses to the continued challenges posed by the pandemic.

Black History Month

October marked Black History Month (BHM) in the UK. The event was officially recognised by the US government in 1976, and first celebrated in the UK in 1987.

People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.

This year, for the first time, the BCCJ was very pleased to mark Black History Month.

Led by members of the BCCJ’s DEI (Diversity Equality Inclusion) taskforce, the chamber celebrated black Brits currently doing business in Japan and showcased learnings from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) networks across BCCJ member organisations.

サステナブルリーダーシップ 特別講座ケンブリッジ大学ケンブリッジ大学サステナブルリーダーシップ

この度、英国大使館はサステナブルファイナンスにおけるベストプラクティスをより多くのビジネスパーソンの皆様にご体感いただく機会として、ケンブリッジ大学の協力によりオンラインイベントを開催いたします。

本年英国で開催されるCOP26を一つの契機として、日本でも2050年までのカーボンニュートラル実現が目標として設定されるなど官民を挙げてサステナビリティの実現に向けた取り組みが加速しています。そうした取り組みの中で、欠かせないのが人材育成です。本イベントでは、ケンブリッジ大学の協力を得て英国でビジネスパーソン向けに提供されているサステナブルファイナンス分野のトレーニングをご体験いただきます。最先端のプログラムをご体験いただくことで、より多くの日本のビジネスパーソンの方に企業活動を通じたサステナビリティの実現にご関心を持っていただければ幸いです。

Two sides of the climate coin

With the world’s hopes pinned on greater global action on climate change at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) hosted “Two Sides of The Climate Coin,” on October 28.

Addressing how to tackle the complex issues related to the global climate crisis, the webinar featured speaker Wai-Shin Chan, Global Head of HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence and ESG Research, and was moderated by Heather McLeish, Director, EY Japan, and member of the BCCJ’s Responsible Business Taskforce.

In August 2021, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared a “code red for humanity,” noting that the internationally agreed threshold of 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels of global heating was “perilously close.”

Mobilising private and public finance is seen as crucial for governments to achieve the ambitious emission reduction targets suggested by COP26 President Alok Sharma. UN Special Envoy on Climate Action Mark Carney has estimated $100trn (£74trn) will be required over the next three decades to decarbonise.

SMEs – What Can We Achieve Together?

On October 21, BCCJ members were invited to learn more about the support offered to both Japanese and foreign SMEs by SMECA in the Tokyo area, including

(1) Business diagnosis, consultancy, and advice
(2) Education and training
(3) Regional development
(4) Subsidy application support
(5) Business partnership matching and building

This was a casual discussion between WBS and BCCJ members to better understand the key issues faced by foreign SMEs in Japan. The WBS Group explained how they can support, specifically with market entry strategies, building market presence, cultural differences in doing business, building partnerships, and understanding the specific regulatory and market environment of Japan.

Hacking Cyber: Securing Your Workplace in the Digital Era

The August webinar in the Future of Work series hosted on August 12th by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) was cybersecurity. Entitled “Hacking Cyber: Securing Your Workplace in the Digital Era,” the event featured cyber experts who explored what organisations can do to protect themselves from cyberattacks and how they should respond if an attack occurs.

Kicking off the session was Darren Goff, director of trade and investment, Japan, and deputy trade commissioner, North East Asia, who outlined the UK government’s cyber sector activity, including with Japan.

The classification of cyberattacks as a Tier 1 national security threat and investment of £1.9bn to develop cybersecurity capability during the course of the UK’s National Security Strategy (2016–2021) are evidence of cybersecurity’s high priority for the UK government, according to Goff.

And now what? Japan’s general election

A day after the LDP election, on September 30, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and The Japan Society of the UK co-hosted a webinar examining the party leadership battle and its implications for Japan and the world.

Hosted by former editor-in-chief of The Economist and Chair of The Japan Society Bill Emmott, the expert panel featured journalist Keiko Iizuka of Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun and Seiji Inada, Japan country representative at Eurasia Group.

Introducing the event, Emmott noted that Kishida “like so many predecessors is the scion of a political dynasty, who went to primary school in Queens in New York, and who served as foreign minister in [former Japanese Prime Minister] Shinzo Abe’s second government from 2012. Kishida has been described in the media as a continuity candidate, a safe pair of hands to guide the party into the coming lower house election, despite being less popular with voters than his chief rival, Taro Kono.”

Reflections on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with Gold Medalist Sophie Pascoe

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan co-hosted an online fireside chat with award-winning para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe in September, following her medal-winning performance at Tokyo 2020 that saw her scoop two golds, a silver and a bronze.

New Zealand’s most decorated Paralympian and five-time Sportsperson with a Disability spoke to members and friends of the Japan Paralliance, a coalition of 20 international chambers of commerce in Japan committed to fostering a Games legacy of more inclusive communities and embracing opportunities for international business and exchange.

Pascoe shared details of her long and challenging road to Tokyo 2020 and discussed how the world can maximise on the legacy of the Paralympics to raise awareness of issues around disability.

Welcome Wednesdays – Meet the New BCCJ Members

The BCCJ is committed to keeping you plugged into our ever-evolving network, always with your business growth in mind.

On September 15, we invited members to join us for a meet and greet with our newest Chamber members. This 1-hour Zoom session provided an opportunity to learn about companies who’ve recently joined the BCCJ business network, exchange cross-industry perspectives, and connect over mutual interests.

Our newest members include:

A.K.I. Japan Ltd
Alexander Mann Solutions KK
Avidbots Corporation
BLBG Co Ltd
Chateau School
CJ Partners
Hawkshead Relish Co Ltd
Innovacell KK
INTELLEX Co. Ltd
PTS Japan KK
Samarkand Global Japan KK
systemsGo Corporation
Vega Japan

Leveraging Digital Innovation to Achieve Net Zero in Asia

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan was delighted to be a supporting partner for an Asia House led event, which brought together policymakers and business leaders to explore how the digital revolution can support Asia’s net-zero transition. We were joined by Raffaele Mauro Petriccione, the European Commission’s Director-General for Climate Action; Ampy Aswin, Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Industry Solutions APAC, Google Cloud; David Wallerstein,  Chief eXploration Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Tencent; and Peter Lacy, Accenture’s Chief Responsibility Officer & Global Sustainability Services Lead, and discussed the role of digital innovation in reducing carbon emissions across Asia.

A Night with the Irish – BCCJ/IJCC virtual networking

It’s September, which means it’s time for our annual Night with the Irish! This year, the BCCJ welcomed guest to join this virtual networking event hosted with our friends and colleagues at the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC).

To kick off proceedings, we heard from Ambassador of Ireland to Japan, Paul Kavanagh and BCCJ President David Bickle, followed by 3-rounds of speed-networking.

We had some fantastic prizes on offer in between the networking rounds, and for those who wished to carry on with the mingling, a virtual niji-kai (afterparty) was held  on an alternate platform which started at 20:00.

Reaching Net Zero and The Road to COP26 – with UK Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart

On the morning of Thursday, 9 September, the BCCJ was very pleased to have the opportunity to welcome the UK’s Minister for Exports Graham Stuart, who provided an overview of the priorities and goals of COP26 and offered views on progress so far.

At this session, representatives from the BCCJ Executive Committee’s Responsible Business taskforce, Tove Kinooka (Global Perspectives) and Kentaro Kiso (Barclays), sat down with Minister Stuart to discuss the roles that governments, businesses and civil society have to play in achieving carbon neutrality and other indicators outlined by COP26.

The conversation focused on three key themes: reaching net zero, green finance, and enabling environments.

One of Minister Stuart’s priorities is to challenge and encourage businesses to take a higher ambition on the climate agenda, and to encourage the private sector to work towards a more conducive enabling environment for clean growth.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. The Impact of the Tokyo Paralympics in 1964 and 2021 event overview

On August 23 we were joined by Dr. Mark Bookman, historian of disability in Japanese and global contexts at the University of Tokyo. He is using the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which took place between August 24–September 5, as well as the 1964 Paralympics as case studies to explain how activists and legislation have both failed and succeeded to point a way forward for people with an impairment, who, according to the United Nations, make up 15% of the world’s population. And if you believe there is a correlation between ageing and impairment, then that number is actually closer to 100% of those who make it into their golden years. Indeed, with old age on the horizon, the day may come when you also need improved access.

The event featured a presentation, a live Q&A , and an opportunity to network in three breakout networking rooms, each led by a Paralympic athlete. Thank you to all those who attended and allowed this event to be as phenomenal as it was!

Get Your Affairs in Order – Inheritance Tax & Gift Tax in Japan

For British nationals residing in Japan, navigating the nation’s gift and inheritance taxes has never been more important, particularly amid the global coronavirus pandemic. The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) therefore kicked off the first in its new event series on Estate Planning, on August 4.

In a webinar entitled, “Get Your Affairs In Order: Inheritance Tax & Gift Tax,” experts from PwC Japan provided an overview of Japanese gift and inheritance taxes, and addressed issues concerning inheritance and wills, all of which is relevant to anyone living in Japan.

Future of Work: Post-Covid Boards

Post-Covid boards was the theme of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s second webinar of its new series, Future of Work: Building Back Better. Held on July 28, the event was supported by the Financial Times Board Director Programme, which helps aspiring and existing board members to accelerate their board careers and develop board-level skills.

The panellists discussed how corporate boards have responded to the challenges of the pandemic and drew on their experience in Japan and globally to offer insights on board operations as the world emerges from Covid-19.

BCCJ Virtual Tea-Time 11: Travel

Summer is here, and as Japan prepares to debut its vaccination passports, business travellers and foreign residents may soon have new options for freedom of movement across borders. Are you planning to somehow escape the summer heat – elsewhere in Japan or overseas – or play it safe and stay home under the air conditioner? For our 12th Virtual Tea-Time session, we want to hear your thoughts on this week’s theme, ‘travel’.

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BCCJ Virtual Tea-Time sessions are designed to be a safe online space where you can drop by to share your thoughts, ideas, and take a break from the daily grind. We welcome colleagues from your organisation to join and meet the Chamber team as well as other BCCJ members. Any UK-fans in your midst? This is a great opportunity to engage in some light networking, in English. All members are welcome to join at any time during the hour, whether that’s for 5 minutes, or 50.  Turn your camera off or on, speak, or just listen in, and enjoy some light relief with us. No prior notice required!

BCCJ Virtual Tea-Time 11: Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on 23 July 2021, from 2000-2300 JST. The mood around the Games is still uncertain.

Organisers have promised an Olympics that looks and feels different than previous Summer Games. Safety measures such as a ban on shouting, high-fives and alcohol have been implemented, while authorities are encouraging ticket holders to head straight home from the venues. The audience will be largely domestic, with numbers capped at 10,000 spectators, or 50% capacity. As more regulations are expected to surface during the build-up, we invite you to join us for our 11th Virtual Tea-Time, where we will discuss one of the most debated topics of the past few years, the Olympics. What are your thoughts?

BCCJ Virtual Tea-Time 10: Vaccinations

Japan’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out is ramping up.

Companies with more than 1000 employees are given the opportunity to organise their own vaccination efforts. Meanwhile, companies with fewer than 1000 employees are invited by the Japanese Government to join forces, possibly in association with chambers of commerce, to source innoculation venues, and medical personnel, and gather at least 1000 “patients” to be vaccinated. Gov JP will in turn provide refrigeration units and vaccines free of charge.

At our next Tea-Time, we will discuss how organisations and individuals are approaching the swiftly-evolving situation above.

英国教育産業セミナー

グローバル化、情報化の加速により複雑に変化していく社会の中で、教育においても、その目まぐるしい変化への関わり方が問われています。さらに、新型コロナウィルス感染症の影響で対面式の授業の代替案となる、新しい包括的な教育プラットフォームに世界の注目が集まっています。

本イベントでは、国際的に高い評価を得ている英国の教育関連企業が、以下の分野における最新情報を日本の教育現場・関連企業の皆様にお届けします。

  • EdTech
  • 職業訓練・キャリアアップ教育
  • 英語教育‐業界に特化した英語学習の分野での新しい教育・評価方法

Lights, Camera, Action: How to up Your Zoom Game

If like a large majority of the population you’re mainly working from home, it’s likely that video conferencing has become a key part of your day. The Zoom platform currently hosts 300 million daily meeting participants. That’s an increase of 2900% since December 31, 2019 when just 10m were logging on. With so much business communication being done through a camera lens these days, it seems obvious that we should have received training in how to broadcast our best selves to the world. Blurry backgrounds, half-lit faces and cat filters, however, show us that’s not been the case. Hosted by Chloe Potter

Welcome Wednesdays – Meet the New BCCJ Members

Missing the chance to network with new faces? The BCCJ is committed to keeping you plugged into our ever-evolving business network. On June 2, you’re invited to join us for a meet and greet with our newest Chamber members.

ESG Disclosures: Tackling Legal and Business Challenges & Avoiding the Pitfalls of Greenwashing

Around the globe, governments, investors, and stakeholders are demanding greater accountability and transparency about corporate environmental and social performance. This is largely being driven by investors pursuing an environmental and social dividend from their investment, as well as corporate strategies designed to ensure the enduring resilience of their social license to operate. Despite efforts to provide useful and meaningful information related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues of a company, challenges remain.

The Kyoto Distillery Experience: A Masterclass in Gin

Join us on April 8 as we visit the gin brand that sparked a ‘Japanese gin revolution’: we’ll be at The Kyoto Distillery’s House of KI NO BI for a masterclass with a twist…

Not ready to mix in person? Then take your mixing to the liqueur cabinet as we shake, stir and sip our way to gin mastery for our latest BCCJ Quaran-time Masterclass. All good things come in threes, and on that note, House of KI NO BI manager, Marcy Sakuma will be taking us through the 3 gin expressions with our host for the day, Chris Broad of YouTube channel, Abroad in Japan. Following the tasting, we will dive senses first into an interactive cocktail-making session followed by a live Q&A.

Unconscious Bias – How it affects us more than we know

Unconscious bias can affect our decisions in all areas of life, but especially in the workplace. Influences such as our background, experiences and environmental conditions can all play a part in shaping our choices, whether we realise it or not.

But do you really understand the implications of “unconscious bias” and how it impacts your own day to day life, as well as working relationships with people around you? Are you aware of your own biases and the biases of those around you, and why they manifest themselves in the first place? These are some of the areas we will be digging in to, and by the end of the session, we hope that you are better positioned to recognise and counteract your biases.

Sustainability in Careers: Working for a better tomorrow

When talking about building towards a better future, one word is never far from earshot, and that is ‘Sustainability’. We see the word at the core of so many defining themes and issues, from reducing our environmental impact, to adapting and innovating new business strategies to better address key topics like biodiversity and D&I. It frequents conversations set by governments and businesses alike, brought to the forefront of a new type of consumer or client, who cares about the ethics of where products come from, the underlining principles of how decisions are made, and the overall way in which a company operates in the social, ecological and economic environment.

The BCCJ’s Not at the Pub Quiz II

On popular demand, the BCCJ’s Pub Quiz is back for a second bout, on a mission to fill your hunger for trivia, and thirst for a tasty beverage. We may not be able to offer you an ale-drenched answer sheet, or a wise-looking pub dog watching from the corner, but we can do our best to make the picture round as blurry as possible and fill up a room of people you half recognise.

This year, we will once again be quizzing with a purpose, to support two fantastic charities we wholeheartedly support:

  • C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust
  • Place to Grow

International Women’s Day: Women in Trade

To mark International Women’s Day, on Monday 8th March from 1230-1330, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the British Embassy Tokyo will host a discussion on the challenges facing women in business and trade, both in the UK and Japan. This discussion is especially pertinent given the UK and Japanese Governments’ recent renewed commitment to Women’s Economic Empowerment in a standalone chapter of the new Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which came into force earlier this year. The event will provide a forum to discuss current challenges; share best practice; and explore potential solutions for both the UK and Japan.

Post-event round-up: HERE

Partnering with Japan: Spring ’21 Free Trade Agreement series, launch event

There has never been a better time to do business with Japan. Since January the UK has a new Free Trade Agreement with the world’s third-largest economy, opening even more opportunities for UK companies to forge partnerships and generate new business in this dynamic Asian country.

Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, the Department for International Trade with the support of the British and UK Chambers is delighted to announce a series of business-focused UK-Japan Trade Missions, to be run over the spring. Join the free launch event on March 2 with Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart, and leading figures from UK companies.

Business and economic conditions after Covid – where are we headed?

Dare we start to think of a post-Covid world? It dominated 2020 and as we start 2021 in lockdown, Covid is still very much with us, and even with vaccination programmes and lockdowns, is proving a stubborn enemy. But life has gone on – a new PM in Japan, and a new President in the US, as well as progress in the UK`s relationship with Europe. Away from politics, it has not all been miserable news – there’s an impressive resilience to many businesses, and indeed to the Japanese, regional and global economies. So many changes and so much turbulence – but there are some conclusions which can be drawn and predictions to be made.

Online Lecture by Former Ambassador to the UK Mr Koji Tsuruoka

Mr Koji Tsuruoka started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1976 after graduating from the University of Tokyo (Faculty of Law). He has held various posts, including Director of the Foreign Policy Bureau and Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2013 he took the post of Principal Negotiator of the Japanese Government’s TTP Headquarters in the Cabinet Secretariat Office. He represented the Japanese Government in concluding various treaties, including an agreement with WTO (World Trade Organisation).

HMA Paul Madden CMG’s Virtual Send off

Paul Madden CMG, UK Ambassador to Japan since 2017, will be finishing his four-year term in February 2021. After regrettably having to cancel our in-person farewell in January, BCCJ members are invited to join us virtually on 16 February to give the Ambassador the send off that he so rightly deserves!

This will be Ambassador Madden’s last chance to speak with BCCJ members before heading back to the UK, so we ask that you join us in reminiscing over his time here, and thanking him for his tireless efforts in strengthening UK-Japan relations.

Post-event round-up: HERE

RICS Global Commercial Property Monitor: What’s Next for Japan?

Almost a year since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, its scarring on the global economy is still very much apparent. Topped with record-high spikes in cases across Europe and the US, followed by the threat of a no-deal Brexit looming, as well as hopeful prospects of mass vaccination and the postponed Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2021 is full of uncertainty. So how does this translate to the global property market, and its outlook for 2021? On January 28, RICS Senior Economist Sean Ellison will share insights from RICS’s latest Global Commercial Property Monitor, comparing how Japanese property is performing relative to other key markets in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, and how global property is expected to perform throughout the coming year.

Post-event round-up: HERE

BCCJ Masterclass: Teams by DESIGN with Sarah Furuya

We’re always in relationship with people and events around us. In the workplace, groups, and families–these relationship systems all have a life of their own, as well as the individuals in them. You can tap into the innate intelligence that your relationships have without even having the people involved be there. How? BY DESIGN.

When planning our lives and goals, we often forget that we’re part of a vast relationship system. We rarely take the time to plan our relationship systems by design. Hot spots occur, conflict arises and roles get confused. In this Masterclass, we will go through a process of identifying and designing our most important relationships, discovering how we can draw on emotional and other forms of intelligence to imagine and envisage the best possible relationships in our personal lives with those we naturally gravitate towards, and even those we don’t.

In this session, you will learn a simple and effective tool for tapping into the intelligence of your close relationships.

Read the full interview of Sarah Furuya: HERE

The Biodiversity Crisis and the Corporate Response

Human development has had catastrophic effects on biodiversity and while the world has woken up to the climate challenge, dealing with the problem we have made in destroying the natural world around us is off to a slower start. Change is coming though, and governments, NGOs, and companies are putting in place a regulatory regime and best practices to restore the world we need.

The BCCJ has Responsible Business as one of its key pillars. We are grateful to Refinitiv for their support and guidance in putting on this event. Together, we believe that Biodiversity is one of the most important challenges we face, and that our members are directly affected and will want – or be forced to – take action. This is your chance to get on board.

Post-event round-up: HERE

BCCJ Virtual Town Hall Meeting – Our Year in Review

The BCCJ would like to invite all members to participate in our Virtual Town Hall Meeting on December 17. We will hear from BCCJ President, David Bickle who will reflect on events from the past year, and answer questions from Chamber members. We will also be hearing from our three taskforce leads, Tove Kinooka (Responsible business), Sven Palys (Diversity and inclusion) and Richard Thornley (Digital tech and innovation) on happenings from within our three pillars, and plans for the remainder of this Chamber year.

 

Education 2020: Crisis Driven Change

This event is in collaboration with the RSA and Talk Education Tokyo.

Uncertainty has prevailed for educational organisations across the world throughout this year. The impact of COVID-19 on education has been profound. With school and university campus closures, online and hybrid learning systems have been rapidly proliferating. The challenges and frustrations have been immense and can be palpably seen on the faces of educators, educational leaders and parents worldwide!

Post-event round-up: HERE

ACCJ-BCCJ Virtual Networking

We may be dealing with a global pandemic, but who says you can’t continue enjoying networking events! On November 17, we are teaming up with our friends and colleagues at The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) to toast the ‘Special Relationship’ and foster new business connections as we engage in an hour of speed networking.

Worry not about leaving your meishi tin in the office, as we will once again be bringing you this event online. There will also be a live raffle with some truly great prizes up for grabs courtesy of both Chambers (all participants automatically entered at no extra cost).

British Business Awards 2020

The British Business Awards (BBA) is back. One of the most prestigious accolades a company can receive, this year’s Awards is here to recognise endeavour, achievements and resilience showcased by the UK-Japan business community.

This year, the BCCJ team is going above and beyond to deliver an outstanding and lively event, for the first time ever in an entirely digital format. Expect A-list speakers, video entertainment and all the thrills and spills that make this THE event of the UK-Japan business calendar year, and one you, your colleagues and friends do not want to miss. And better yet, you won’t be judged on donning your finest pair of slippers to a black-tie gala.

Read the articles about British Business Awards: HERE

In Conversation with UK-Japan FTA Chief Negotiator, Graham Zebedee

The UK Government has finalised a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan, the first major trade deal made by the UK since it left the EU. The Department for International Trade (DIT) stating: “Government analysis shows that a deal with Japan will deliver a £15.2 billion boost to the UK economy.” The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was agreed in principle by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Japan’s Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu on a video call on Friday 11 September, and will be officially signed on the day of this event, October 23.

Post-event round-up: HERE

The Role of Rolls-Royce: Technological Leaps to Net Zero

We live in a world that is constantly changing, for better and for worse. For the better, we have the rapid development of emerging technologies – Artificial Intelligence and 5G to name a couple; and for the worse, we now face the daunting reality of climate change. The question is whether humanity can harness this digital revolution to find new ways of solving these environmental challenges.

One organisation that is committed to this challenge is Rolls-Royce. While governments, businesses and individuals heed the warnings of climate scientists by leveraging frontier technologies to engineer new solutions to address climate change, it is no secret that one of the biggest culprits is carbon-based emissions that contribute to the greenhouse effect. As part of the UN Race to Zero campaign, Rolls-Royce has pledged to achieve net zero carbon in their operations by 2050, and will play a leading role in enabling the sectors in which they operate to reach this goal by developing new products and technologies. On Tuesday, October 20 we welcome Paul Stein, Chief Technology Officer of Rolls-Royce PLC. to take us along their net zero carbon journey.

Post-event round-up: HERE

A Night with the Irish – BCCJ/IJCC virtual networking

It’s that time of year again! BCCJ welcomes you to join our first-ever virtual networking event hosted with our friends and colleagues at the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC).

To kick off proceedings, we will hear from Ambassador of Ireland to Japan, Paul Kavanagh and BCCJ President David Bickle, closely followed by 3-rounds of speed-networking. To add to the excitement, there will be a chance to win some fantastic prizes between sessions as part of our digi-raffle! And for those of you who wish to carry on the mingling, a virtual ni-jikai (afterparty) will be set up on an alternate platform from 2000.

Doing Business in Japan (Market Opportunities and Insights)

On September 11, the UK Government announced it had secured a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan, the first major trade deal made by the UK since it left the EU. The Department for International Trade (DIT) stating: “Government analysis shows that a deal with Japan will deliver a £1.5 billion boost to the UK economy.” With the new trade agreement arrives a new opportunity to strengthen business ties and shape a progressive business relationship between the UK and Japan.

Post-event round-up: HERE

What are you really saying?

We all know that the body speaks, but what is its language and how can we get better at using it? In this session, Tania Coke (artistic director of Tarinainanika Corporeal Mime Theatre Company) will give you a crash course in corporeal expression. The aim is to make you more aware of the role of the body in communication, and the power you have to express yourself and relate to others in any situation.

Post-event round-up: HERE

Travel and Tourism Think Tank II – Tourism and Resilience

The BCCJ is delighted to announce our second Travel and Tourism Think Tank. This is an interactive event designed to embrace diverse opinions, incubate new perspectives and fresh ideas, and encourage new industry connections with participants looking to make a positive impact on the future of tourism in Japan.

Join us on September 15th when we will be joined by 8 panellists covering the span of the travel and tourism sector in Japan to answer all these questions and more. The session will be broken down into the following 2 sections, with participants invited to put on their thinking caps and participate in breakout groups.

Post-event round-up: HERE

A Prime Minister and his Legacy

Japan will soon have a new Prime Minister following Mr Abe’s record breaking stint in office. Mr Abe won three Lower House elections and became a familiar figure internationally – in itself, an unusual achievement for a Japanese Prime Minister. His Abenomics programme and the Three Arrows promised much – but what did they really achieve and how will history judge this interesting figure? And what happens next – where do his successors propose to lead Japan?

Our guest today is Tobias Harris, Executive Vice President and Japan analyst in Washington, DC, for Teneo Intelligence. His biography ‘The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan‘ was published by Hurst on 27 August and has been very well received.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics 1 Year to Go! – A Discussion with the International Paralympic Committee

August 24 (Monday), 20:00 will mark exactly one year to go until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021. The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) alongside our Paralliance partners invite you to hear from President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Mr Andrew Parsons, as well as IPC Chief Brand & Communications Officer, Mr Craig Spence and IPC Governing Board Member at Large and President of the Japanese Paralympic Committee, Mr Yasushi Yamawaki.

Post-event round-up: HERE

BCCJ Responsible Business Forum | Planet

The impact of the Covid-19 has been savage. It has scarred global economies and affected people’s livelihoods in unprecedented ways. Perhaps one of the few silver linings we have seen is a significant decline in harmful emissions; NASA photos captivating the public with just how fast and visible change could be.

Join us for our first session, Decarbonization: Business & Planet; an online interactive panel discussion and brainstorming session led by experts at FTSE Russell, Renewable Japan, and Rio Tinto, where we will talk about the effects of decarbonization on our planet, what different companies are doing to reduce their carbon footprint, what challenges they are seeing, and how they are tackling them.

Post-event round-up: HERE

The Future of British Business in Asia

Buffeted by Covid; Brexit looming; unpredictable politics. There’s certainly no shortage of big picture uncertainty for British business in Asia. Add to that an ever-developing customer base, whether B2B or B2C, technological change which can disrupt and develop, expectations of companies going beyond profits into areas of social and climate responsibility and employees whose priorities are those of different generations, and the background for British business in Asia over the next few years has plenty going on.

Post-event round-up: HERE

BCCJ Quaran-time Masterclass | Take Better Photos of People

Click, click, click – we are all snapping away every day on our phones. There’s so much technology packed into them that the results can be stunning. But it isn’t just the finger over the lens mistake we all make – there are countless ways in which we can improve our smartphone photos. Today we’ll hear from professional photographer Antony Tran of Life.14 on what makes better pictures of people and fully utilise the technology in our pockets.

Cyber Insecurity – Just How Safe is Your Organisation?

What steps can your organisation do avoid a data breach and keep employees safe? What pitfalls should you be looking out for? To what extent can a cyber-negligence disrupt your operations? And what industry transformations can we expect, as companies continue to become ever-more reliant on their digital infrastructure? Join us on July 9 when we will be joined by representatives of Barclays, Nihon Cyber Defence, NHS Digital Board and METI to discuss all of this and more, and learn practical steps to keep your organisation secure in the face of cyber warfare.

Post-event round-up: HERE

World Economic Series – Rebooting the World Economy – Japan

The World Economic Series is delighted to invite BCCJ members to join a MTG style webinar looking at rebooting Japan’s economy in light of the devastating impact as a result of COVID-19. Joining us will be a host of global leaders and business people who we will draw perspectives from, including Ambassador of the UK to Japan, Paul Madden CMG. We will also be hearing from Ambassador of Japan to the UK, HR Yasumasa Nagamine and Digital & Technology Advisor to the Government of Japan, Naoki Ota.

This event will be chaired by The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell

Post-event round-up: HERE

BCCJ SME Round Table

Welcome to the BCCJ’s SME Round Table, an open forum for those looking to empower, connect, share with and learn from their fellow peers in Japan. Through coming together, we hope to facilitate a support network where common solutions are explored together, keeping your business moving in the right direction. 

Each attendee will have the opportunity to speak on their business challenges, and gain feedback and insights from other experienced professionals. If you don’t have anything you wish to share, that is fine too. Just bring yourself, a drink (optional) and enjoy an informal discussion, acting as a basis for individuals and organisations to develop and grow.

Whether you are facing difficulties from Covid (who isn’t) or you have longer term challenges – maybe sourcing finance, finding the right local partner, building channels, dealing with demanding customers or any of the other challenges all business face – this is a forum to share and learn.

Back to Work, Back to Better Work

On May 25, the Japanese government cautiously declared the state of emergency over in Japan’s remaining prefectures. For businesses, this has opened up a transitional period as companies determine when and how they resume operations, returning to a ‘new normal’.

After seven weeks navigating the steep learning curve of Covid – embracing new digital infrastructure, providing clarity in leadership, adopting new communication strategies with our workforce/clients – businesses in Japan have arrived at a pivot point where they now must consider the reverse fixture.

And perhaps Covid does have a silver lining. There’s talk in Japan of abandoning the hanko system, perhaps even the fax machine; baby steps out of the Showa era maybe, but surely long overdue. What other changes are possible, and how should organisations identify, prioritise and implement them?

Post-event round-up: HERE

Is COVID an economic disaster for Japan?

The streets are empty, the tourists have stopped coming, consumer and business confidence have both collapsed – it all looks grim for Japan. Hit by a collapse in global and domestic demand, with supply chains disrupted and no certainty on when the crisis will abate let alone what shape recovery will look like, Japan has a whole series of problems to contend with. Add to that a volatile global political leadership and the stress levels rise still further.

How to make sense of all of this and think about Japan’s prospects?

 

BCCJ Digital Genral Meeting 2020

How has the BCCJ performed over the past 12 months? What value have we delivered for you and our 200+ member companies? And meet the Executive Committee who will lead the Chamber through this next year – one which is bound up with opportunities to enhance the UK-Japan relationship.

AGM AGENDA

The evening’s formal agenda includes:

  • Update from British Ambassador to Japan, Paul Madden CMG
  • Receipt of the Chairman’s Annual Report
  • Receipt of the Statement of Accounts (unaudited)
  • Introduction of 2020-2021 BCCJ Executive Committee

Post-event round-up: