BBA 2023 Judges Revealed!

Written by BCCJ
October 6, 2023


Written by BCCJ
October 6, 2023

With the deadline for British Business Awards (BBA) 2023 applications approached 1700JST on October 2), we are pleased to reveal the names of our 6 BBA 2023 Judges – a truly great lineup of accomplished leaders who are actively engaged in bolstering UK – Japan relations!


Role of the BBA 2023 Judges

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 at this year’s event (Thursday, Nov 2). With nominations of a very high standard currently flowing into the BCCJ office, the decision-making will surely be a challenge.


As a reminder, the seven 2023 British Business Awards categories are:

  • Company of the Year
  • UK-Japan Partnership
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Digital & Tech Innovation
  • Responsible Business
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Judges are carefully selected for categories in which there is no prejudice or association with nominees.

Hiroyo Hiramatsu | Director, Numbering Plan Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Hiroyo serves for Japanese Government for over 20 years. She started her career at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and she also worked for the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity. 

Hiroyo has various experiences at MIC, including radio policy, personal information protection and cybersecurity. She initiated new measures to combat cyber threat and strengthen personal information protection by negotiating with the operators concerned and formulated a new 3-year national cybersecurity strategy in coordination with inside and outside parties. 

Hiroyo supported Japanese companies in the UK for the preparation for GDPR and Brexit at the Embassy of Japan in the UK. She also facilitated discussion and cooperation between Japan and the UK in the fields of digital, broadcasting and data protection for both governmental and industrial levels.  

She also led management planning and supported launching a new business at OMRON. 

Greg Clark | UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Japan

Greg Clark is a Member of Parliament for the Tunbridge Wells and Chair of the Science and Technology Committee. Joining the Cabinet in 2015, having held positions in HM Treasury and the then Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, he served in the last Parliament as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Prior to his election in 2005, Greg was a business consultant with Boston Consulting Group before becoming Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. He later joined the BBC as it’s Controller of Commercial Policy and was subsequently Director of Policy for the Conservative Party. Born in Middlesbrough, Greg was educated at Cambridge University and awarded his PhD at the London School of Economics.

Mitsuru Claire Chino | Managing Executive Officer General Manager, Corporate Communications Division, ITOCHU Corporation

Mitsuru Claire Chino is a bilingual and bicultural(U.S. and Japan)senior business executive with a Fortune Global 500 company and an international lawyer with 30+ years’ experience. She was a partner of an international law firm prior to joining ITOCHU, a diversified industrials. With ITOCHU over the years, she has served as Global General Counsel, CEO of its North American operations and an Audit & Supervisory Board member. Since April, Claire is Managing Executive Officer in charge of corporate communications.She is a graduate of Smith College (B.A. cum laude) and Cornell Law School (J.D.),where she serves on the advisory board. She is also a classically trained singer who has studied voice at the Juilliard School of Music (Evening Division).

Moriaki (Mori) Kida | Chairperson and CEO, EY Japan

Moriaki (Mori) Kida is the Chairperson and CEO of EY Japansince July 2021 and oversees Assurance, Tax, Consulting, Strategy and Transactions, responsible for the transformation and growth of EY in Japan. He isalso a member of the EY Asia-Pacific Area Operating Executive board. He has been an active member of the Global and Asia-Pacific Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee as well as the Global Social Equity Task Force at EY, and is a strong advocate on issues related to gender, LGBT+, those with diverse abilities, nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Mori has been committed to DE&I, leveraging his experience growing up in Japan and in the US as well as working in the UK and various other short-term assignments in the Middle East and South America. He speaks in various events globally and has ranked highly as an Outstanding LGBT+ Executive Role Model by the Financial Times and Yahoo Finance. He holds a Masters in Sciences in Business Administration  Accounting, from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Music - Piano Performance, from the University of California, Irvine, and lives in Tokyo with his Welsh husband. 

Kazuki Yamada | Conductor, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Kazuki Yamada is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), a role he commenced in Spring 2023. Yamada’s passionate and collaborative approach to conducting means he commands a busy international diary of concerts, opera and choral conducting. The current season begins with his return to the BBC Proms with CBSO in summer 2023, closely followed by his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Festival. Strongly committed to his role as an educator, Yamada appears annually as a guest artist at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland and is strongly committed to the outreach programme at CBSO. Read full bio HERE

Lubna Shuja – President of the Law Society of England and Wales & Nick Emmerson – Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales

Lubna Shuja is the first Asian, the first Muslim and only the 7th female to become President of the Law Society of England and Wales, which was established in 1825, almost 200 years ago. The Law Society represents, promotes and supports over 220,000 solicitors. Nick Emmerson is the Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales and will become the 179th president on 11 October 2023. Read full bio HERE