BBA 2023 Nominees: UK-Japan Partnership

Written by BCCJ
October 17, 2023


Written by BCCJ
October 17, 2023

By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2023 (#BBA2023) nomination period, we had received 45 eligible nominations across 6 categories.

The following 6 partnerships are now in the running to lift the BBA UK-Japan Partnership trophy.

“Applicants should be joint-ventures, alliances, or other partnerships that have made demonstrable contributions to the enhancement of the UK-Japan economic or commercial relationship over the past 12 months.”


BBA 2023 UK-Japan Partnership Nominees

(In alphabetical order)



Leonardo UK – Kawasaki Heavy Industries

In 2022 ~ 2023, Leonardo and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) signed a contract for additional MCH-101 naval helicopters for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF), and it marked the start of a mid-life update (MLU) programme for the type in Japan. This contract demonstrates the key role that Britain’s only helicopter manufacturer plays in global defence and our enduringing close partnership with the JMSDF and KHI.



Liverpool Football Club – Kodansha

To celebrate the long-term partnership extension between Japanese brand Kodansha and Liverpool FC. Further to this, to showcase the impact this partnership has in two different markets, industries and cultures by unlocking an unexplored alignment in values. Those values are embedded within every activation the partnership delivers, consistently, inspiring impossible stories.



Mind Foundry – Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance

In November 2022, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance through its European subsidiary Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe, Mind Foundry, and various professors of University of Oxford launched the AIOI R&D LAB in Oxford. This collaborative endeavor has successfully developed numerous advanced AI models, working towards providing innovative solutions to pressing global social issues.



Osmosis Investment Management – Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd

Nikko Asset Management has acquired a minority equity stake in London-based Osmosis Investment Management, forming a strategic partnership that will enable both groups, through leveraging each firm’s respective strengths, to grow and distribute Osmosis’s range of sustainable investment products for institutional and retail investors across Asia and internationally.


Oxford Quantum Circuits Ltd – Oxford Instruments KK

OQC and OIKK collaborated to install a quantum computing system in a Japanese data centre. It will provide Quantum Computing as a Service (QCaaS) to Japanese organisations for solving some of humanities greatest problems, such as climate change, drug discovery and clean energy developments.



Rugby School Japan – Mitsui Fudosan

The partnership between Rugby School Japan Foundation and Mitsui Fudosan has led to the successful creation and opening of Rugby School Japan in September 2023. The architecturally stunning new campus in Kashiwanoha, with its world class facilities, will help RSJ to achieve its aim of becoming one of the premier co-educational day and boarding schools in Asia.



The decision on a winning BBA 2023 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 2023 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, 2023 at Hilton Tokyo.


We are delighted to reveal the names of our BBA 2023 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.

Hiroyo Hiramatsu | Director, Numbering Plan Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Kazuki Yamada | Conductor, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Greg Clark | UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Japan
Moriaki (Mori) Kida | Chairperson and CEO, EY Japan
Mitsuru Claire Chino | Managing Executive Officer General Manager, Corporate Communications Division, ITOCHU Corporation
Lubna Shuja – President of the Law Society of England and Wales & Nick
Emmerson – Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales