BBA 2022 Nominees: Digi-Tech Innovation

Written by BCCJ
October 21, 2022


Written by BCCJ
October 21, 2022

By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2022 (#BBA2022) nomination period, we had received 49 eligible nominations across 7 categories.

The following 6 companies are now in the running to lift the BBA Digi-Tech Innovation trophy.

Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective Digital / Technology Innovation, services or solutions in Japan over the past 12 months.”


BBA 2022 Digi-Tech Innovation Nominees

(In alphabetical order)


AstraZeneca K.K.

AstraZeneca K.K. promotes innovation by driving a platform that generates beyond industry collaboration for new digital utilisation in healthcare and through strategic partnerships with technology-driven companies in the U.K. We also innovate through driving sustainability, including net zero emission initiatives, and advocating its values widely beyond the industry.

Avidbots Inc.

Avidbots wishes to highlight the contributions of its dedicated staff, demonstrating the company’s achievements and strengthening its profile in Japan. Avidbots nomination at the British Business Awards is seen as a fantastic opportunity to showcase their products and culture to the UK-Japan business community.



In June 2022, Fujitsu launched an Anglo-Japanese Centre for Cognitive and Advanced Technologies; aiming to revolutionize how people and organisations make decisions, while tackling the shared British and Japanese national challenge of unlocking the economic potential of their world class research capabilities (UK 3rd, Japan 10th globally). 




Habitto by SJ Mobile Labs combines foreign and Japanese fintech expertise to drive innovation in mobile distribution of banking, investment and protection products. Launched in late 2021, it is the first foreign owned business to receive the New Financial Services Intermediary License and aims to help younger savers secure their financial future.

Oxford Quantum Circuits and The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners

In July 2022, OQC, Europe’s leading quantum computing company, announced the sector’s largest ever Series A funding round co-led by Japan’s premier deep tech venture fund, UTEC. The £38m investment will accelerate OQC’s expansion to Japan enabling seamless access to its ground-breaking quantum computing technology for customers in Financial Services, Energy and Advanced Manufacturing.

Translation Business Systems Japan (TBSJ) 

TBSJ is a translation company that has developed leading-edge language technology. They specialise in Japanese/English, one of the most difficult language pairs, and successfully save clients time and money in difficult work types such as legal and financial. AI cannot do it alone, and the company’s focus on the best integrated approach is winning attention from some of Japan’s largest law firms and banks.


The decision on a winning BBA 2022 entry is the result of the combined score of 7 separate judges, who independently score assigned submissions using the same scoring matrix.

To ensure transparency, each judge independently returns his or her score sheet to the BCCJ office by 31 October 2022 and the results are tabulated confidentially. The scores from each judge are then totalled for each nominee, and the nomination with the highest accumulative score is declared the category winner.

In the event of two nominees receiving the same final score, all judges will be asked to review their scores for these companies/individuals, and the submission with the highest score from this second round of judging will be declared the winner.

The final results remain confidential until the BBA ceremony – held on the evening of November 2, 2022 online.


We are delighted to reveal the names of our BBA 2022 judges – a truly great lineup of accomplished leaders who are actively engaged in bolstering UK-Japan relations! This esteemed panel of judges will put into practice their expertise and specialist experience to decide which companies and individuals should receive a prestigious BBA trophy.

John Amari | Writer and Innovation Consultant
Louise Dalgliesh | 
Assistant Coach, Japan Womens XV
Yoko Ishikura | 
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University
Adam Marshall CBE | 
Senior Adviser to HSBC UK/Former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce 
Mika Masuyama |
 President, Masuyama & Company
Andrew Ramroop OBE CMTT  | 
CEO, Maurice Sedwell (Savile Row) Ltd. / Principal, Savile Row Academy 
Hideo Suzuki | 
Executive Advisor, Nippon Steel