BCCJ announced as International Chamber of the Year at APAC Awards 2019

Written by BCCJ
February 28, 2020


Written by BCCJ
February 28, 2020

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan is delighted to be named “International Chamber of the Year” at the APAC Chamber of Commerce Awards 2019. The BCCJ was recognised specifically for its BCCJ 5.0 initiative, as well as its annual British Business Awards gala, and professional delivery of member services.

Organisers said

“The APAC Chamber of Commerce Awards, in its 3rd edition, saw a record number of nominations across 8 award categories in which we were looking for outstanding achievements of Chambers of Commerce around Asia Pacific region. Our judges have selected Chambers of Commerce that made the greatest impact and are at the very top of their game.”

APAC Chamber of Commerce Award 2019 categories

  • Large Chamber of the Year Award
  • Small Chamber of the Year Award
  • International Chamber of the Year Award
  • Local Chamber of the Year Award
  • Rising Star of the Year Award
  • Executive of the Year Award
  • Excellence in Technology & Innovation Award
  • Best Event of the Year Award


View from the judges

The BCCJ was singled out for its contributions to members and the furtherance of UK-Japan relations over the past year.

“BCCJ has a wide range of high-quality offering for all its stakeholders – from EDI, through business services to business awards, and beyond. Their activities even cover the needs of international investors too.”
– Judge,  Asli (Akdeniz) Özelli, Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce, Turkey.

Diverse range of winners

Eric L. Schmidt, CEO and Co-Founder of the APAC Events organiser EventBank said – “Chambers of Commerce help businesses band together and address important concerns and issues for the business community. It’s wonderful to see their hard work and innovative ideas rewarded at this exciting initiative. I’d like to congratulate this year’s hugely diverse range of winners whose positive impact reflects the very high standard in the chamber of commerce industry and leadership across the Asia Pacific.”



About the BCCJ

Established in 1948, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) is an exceptionally active and ever-expanding not-for-profit private membership organisation serving almost 1000 high-caliber members representing over 200 companies.

Learn more about joining the BCCJ HERE

About BCCJ 5.0

In 2019, the BCCJ launched a Chamber vision project, “BCCJ 5.0”, which has been connecting members to a future of innovation and inclusion while staying true to the BCCJ’s mission of strengthening business ties between the UK and Japan.

BCCJ 5.0 was inspired originally by the Japanese Government’s Society 5.0 framework, designed for creating a ‘super-smart’ society, in which cutting-edge technology, the internet of things, and AI are implemented to solve 21st-century issues.

The three pillars of BCCJ 5.0 are: Diversity & Inclusion, Digital & Tech Innovation, and Responsible Business: MORE HERE