COVID-19 Resource Centre

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, the BCCJ is taking action to ensure the security and well-being of our community. We are in daily contact with the UK Government as well as local, regional and global partners, and will look to provide trusted resources and a new platform for knowledge sharing with the goal of keeping members up to date with the latest developments and business practices.

In light of recent directives from the Japanese Government, the BCCJ will be postponing all face-to-face events until we receive further notification, after which we will reassess the situation. In the meantime, we are pleased to have launched a new webinar series, ‘COVID-19: Default to Action‘. We encourage you to get involved and contribute your expertise, as a participant, or even a future panellist. If you have any suggestions, please do send us a message via the contact form at the bottom of this page and we will reply at our earliest possible convenience.

Government subsidies

Government subsidies have finally stabilized since the early phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, and now may be an opportune time to consider applying as you rethink your current and future business and workstyle. In this video, BCCJ supporter Ms. Tsuboi simplifies the basics of the three common types of subsidies for businesses affected by Covid-19 pandemic, breaking down subsidy rate and eligibility requirements, step-by-step.

Supporting PDF referred to in the video HERE

If you would like to learn more from Ms. Tsuboi, please answer the questions relevant to the subsidy you are applying for on this form, and send to [email protected]

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) have implemented measures to ensure business continuity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, even as they forecast a fall in revenue in 2020, according to a survey carried out by the BCCJ in April. Furthermore, Platinum, Corporate and Entrepreneur members remain hopeful about their respective businesses in two years’ time, reflecting resilience amongst the community. Some 75 member companies responded to the poll, 92% of which are primarily located in Tokyo. Some 53% are based in Japan; the others hold their main enterprise abroad.


Watch the BCCJ’s Default to Action Webinar Series

Join us as we hear from guests of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan on how to navigate COVID-19. Business insights, best practices, government advice, well-being tips and more.


Listen to and download the BCCJ’s Default to Action Podcast

Join us as we hear from guests of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan on how to navigate COVID-19. Business insights, best practices, government advice, well-being tips and more.


BCCJ Member Hubs and Services

As we navigate COVID-19 together, the BCCJ is looking to provide resources to help guide businesses of all shapes and sizes through the challenges ahead. This page is designed to share insights, guides and services, from members, useful for members.


Responsible Business and COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted the economy, people and the planet. Adopting a responsible business conduct approach in government and business responses to the crisis will generate short and long-term benefits such as increased resilience, a fairer and more inclusive distribution of benefits from recovery measures, and a stronger contribution to sustainable development. This page highlights some of the responsible business measures and initiatives BCCJ members are adopting in the fight against COVID-19


UK Government Travel Advice

Travel advice is constantly being updated, be sure to check the most recent information when travelling. [Updated 16 January 2021,] British nationals who have an existing Status of Residence in Japan and who hold a valid re-entry permit will be allowed to leave and re-enter Japan. However, new entry of UK nationals is not permitted []. For those that want to stay updated on a regular basis, please subscribe to email updates from the UK Government on travel advice to Japan [].

[Can I still travel to Japan?]
As of January 2021, anyone from the UK entering Japan requires a visa that is not for short term purposes. All travellers will need to provide written evidence of a negative PCR Covid-19 test result upon arrival. Be sure to check the UK and Japanese government’s official advice before making travel plans here (UK) and here (Japan).

[I live in Japan, do I need to leave?]
The UK government does not advise British nationals who are permanent residents overseas to return to the UK. However, please follow the advice of local authorities. Be ready to comply with local isolation and testing or quarantine requirements. More information here [] and [].

[I am planning to return to the UK, what do I need to do?]
If you are returning to the UK from Japan, consult the latest advice on actions to take from the UK Government [].

[What if I have symptoms of Covid-19?]
Follow advice of local authorities; many have dedicated hotlines to provide information in English. JNTO has a 24/7 hotline [].

JETRO Invest Japan Helpline

JETRO has launched a helpline (Invest Japan Helpline) that accepts
inquiries in multiple languages in order to support foreign companies
and foreign-affiliated companies during this difficult situation.
If a foreign company or a foreign-affiliated company from your country/region
is having problems such as collecting information about government
economic measures, questions on labor affairs or status of residence,
please share the JETRO website: Here


Press Conference in Regards to the Heightened Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

On January 8, a press conference on the increased measures to Prevent the Spread of the COVID-19 was held by Related Ministries of Japan. This includes the refrainment of activities past 2000 hours and a 70% teleworking target. Please refer to the handout for updated press conferences and information:… For those who want to view in

Press Conference: Heightened Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (January 8th)


Get in touch

Do you have an enquiry regarding COVID-19? Or wish to contribute to the BCCJ’s COVID-19 Resource Centre? Please do send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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