Past BCCJ Digi-Tech Innovation Events

Tech & HR: the Good, the Bad, and the Future

October 23, 2023

Digitalisation is sweeping through every aspect of our businesses and working lives. When it comes to streamlining processes and maximising efficiency in our systems, the benefits are significant and many, and the drawbacks few. But can we say the same about the impact on people?

It’s no secret that the role of technology within HR is changing. Big data and AI applications are changing how we hire, manage, evaluate and communicate with the people in our organisations, and HR is on a steep learning curve. Alongside the obvious benefits there are new risks and concerns emerging, from blurred personal-private boundaries and hidden biases to the challenges of gathering and interpreting qualitative as well as quantitative data. So how can companies navigate these changes, and how should we expect the role of technology within HR to further evolve going forward?

Post-event round-up: HERE

Energy Industry Multinational Chamber Networking Mixer

May 25, 2023

The BCCJ co-hosted this event with the American, Canadian, French, German and Irish Chambers of Commerce in Japan, guests participated in lively dialogue and had a chance to learn about the latest energy insights and trends from all corners of Japan and around the globe.

Guests met new colleagues from across the energy industry. Industries ranged in renewables, energy tech, policy, government relations, commodities, energy project finance, electricity retail, or the like, this was a great opportunity to catch up with old industry colleagues and make new ones. Energy Committee leaders proactively introduced new members and guests to others around the room, so everyone could quickly get in on the fun.

Cybersecurity for All, Cybersecurity by All: A View from the Japanese Government and Industry

May 24, 2023

We invited Susan Oliver, Counsellor for Defence, Security, Cyber, Space and Civil Aerospace Exports at the British Embassy Tokyo; Ken Katayama, Project General Manager of Digital Policy, Toyota Motor Corporation; Isamu Yamaguchi, Counsellor, International Strategy Group, National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC); and Akihiro Wada, Chair, Working Group on Cyber-Security Enhancement, Committee on Cyber Security, Keidanren, and Director for Cybersecurity at ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD., to share their insights about current issues with cyber defense in Japan and cybersecurity’s importance in digital transformation. The experts also shared an overview of what the Japanese government and industry are doing in order to keep the country and workforce secure in the face of cyber warfare.

Post-event round-up: HERE

The Digital Leap to Gender Equality

April 10, 2023

This lunchtime event brought together prominent industry leaders, experts, and professionals from Japan and the UK to discuss the latest advancements and trends in the field of technology and IT, with a specific emphasis on gender equity, inclusivity, and the influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the industry.

Post-event round-up: HERE

UK-Japan Fintech Meet-up

June 30, 2022

The pandemic has not only revealed Japan’s digital vulnerability but also lead to acceleration of plans for digital transformation. (eg. cashless transaction, remote working) over the past two years. In light of these policies and business trends, the Department for International Trade (DIT) Japan hosted, in partnership with JFSA (Japanese Financial Services Agency), our first online Fintech meetup (a pitch session, followed by breakout room discussions) for selected UK fintech companies.

Hacking Cyber: Securing Your Workplace in the Digital Era

Aug 12, 2021

The August webinar in the Future of Work series hosted on August 12th by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) was cybersecurity. Entitled “Hacking Cyber: Securing Your Workplace in the Digital Era,” the event featured cyber experts who explored what organisations can do to protect themselves from cyberattacks and how they should respond if an attack occurs.

Kicking off the session was Darren Goff, director of trade and investment, Japan, and deputy trade commissioner, North East Asia, who outlined the UK government’s cyber sector activity, including with Japan.The classification of cyberattacks as a Tier 1 national security threat and investment of £1.9bn to develop cybersecurity capability during the course of the UK’s National Security Strategy (2016–2021) are evidence of cybersecurity’s high priority for the UK government, according to Goff.

Post-event round-up: HERE

Leveraging Digital Innovation to Achieve Net Zero in Asia

September 9, 2021

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan was delighted to be a supporting partner for an Asia House led event, which brought together policymakers and business leaders to explore how the digital revolution can support Asia’s net-zero transition. We were joined by Raffaele Mauro Petriccione, the European Commission’s Director-General for Climate Action; Ampy Aswin, Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Industry Solutions APAC, Google Cloud; David Wallerstein, Chief eXploration Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Tencent; and Peter Lacy, Accenture’s Chief Responsibility Officer & Global Sustainability Services Lead, and discussed the role of digital innovation in reducing carbon emissions across Asia.

The Role of Rolls-Royce: Technological Leaps to Net Zero

October 20, 2020

We live in a world that is constantly changing, for better and for worse. For the better, we have the rapid development of emerging technologies – Artificial Intelligence and 5G to name a couple; and for the worse, we now face the daunting reality of climate change. The question is whether humanity can harness this digital revolution to find new ways of solving these environmental challenges.

One organisation that is committed to this challenge is Rolls-Royce. While governments, businesses and individuals heed the warnings of climate scientists by leveraging frontier technologies to engineer new solutions to address climate change, it is no secret that one of the biggest culprits is carbon-based emissions that contribute to the greenhouse effect. As part of the UN Race to Zero campaign, Rolls-Royce has pledged to achieve net zero carbon in their operations by 2050, and will play a leading role in enabling the sectors in which they operate to reach this goal by developing new products and technologies. On Tuesday, October 20 we welcome Paul Stein, Chief Technology Officer of Rolls-Royce PLC. to take us along their net zero carbon journey.

Post-event round-up: HERE

Cyber Insecurity – Just How Safe is Your Organisation?

July 9, 2020

What steps can your organisation do avoid a data breach and keep employees safe? What pitfalls should you be looking out for? To what extent can a cyber-negligence disrupt your operations? And what industry transformations can we expect, as companies continue to become ever-more reliant on their digital infrastructure? Join us on July 9 when we will be joined by representatives of Barclays, Nihon Cyber Defence, NHS Digital Board and METI to discuss all of this and more, and learn practical steps to keep your organisation secure in the face of cyber warfare.

Post-event round-up: HERE

Back to Work, Back to Better Work

June 10, 2020

On May 25, the Japanese government cautiously declared the state of emergency over in Japan’s remaining prefectures. For businesses, this has opened up a transitional period as companies determine when and how they resume operations, returning to a ‘new normal’.

After seven weeks navigating the steep learning curve of Covid – embracing new digital infrastructure, providing clarity in leadership, adopting new communication strategies with our workforce/clients – businesses in Japan have arrived at a pivot point where they now must consider the reverse fixture.

And perhaps Covid does have a silver lining. There’s talk in Japan of abandoning the hanko system, perhaps even the fax machine; baby steps out of the Showa era maybe, but surely long overdue. What other changes are possible, and how should organisations identify, prioritise and implement them?

Post-event round-up: HERE

BCCJ x PechaKucha 2020: Techs in the City

February 20, 2020

The BCCJ and PechaKucha teamed up on February 20 to mark International PechaKucha Day with the interactive event “Techs in the City.”

Pioneering BCCJ members and friends used PechaKucha’s visual 400-second format (20 slides with 20 seconds spent on each one) to present their efforts in tackling some of the 21st century’s greatest challenges.

Post-event round-up: HERE

Tech Rocketship, UK Gov support for Japanese tech start-ups

December 16, 2020

BCCJ members and guests joined a morning briefing on December 16, to find out what the UK Government is doing in partnership with Japan to support the growth of the country’s tech sectors.

Post-event round-up: HERE

Tech Hack | UK-Japan Innovation Ecosystems in 2019-2020

July 9, 2019

Guests of the BCCJ came together on July 9 to generate new ideas on implementation and integration of tech in the workplace, as well as set a progressive chamber agenda driven by emerging technologies and innovation.

The event at the BCCJ Hub was part of the chamber’s Hackathon series, designed to promote creative thinking and problem solving by bringing together BCCJ members as well as external stakeholders, and boost innovation through inclusion and diversity.

Post-event round-up: HERE

Automotive tech driving new businesses, social change

May 21, 2019

Members of the British and Swedish chambers of commerce in Japan came together on May 21 for an engaging co-hosted panel discussion featuring experts on automated, connected, electric and shared (ACES) mobility.

With the cutting-edge technology driving the development of these vehicles developing apace, fuelled by demand for greater sustainability and a sharing economy, the automobile industry is undergoing unprecedented change. As the cars of the future become the cars of today, panellists predicted the impact on businesses, society and the environment.

Post-event round-up: HERE

How VR is transforming business – Lessons from EY and Shadow Factory

April 25, 2019

BCCJ members visited EY’s new digital innovation centre, wavespace, on April 25 for an interactive workshop on what AR and VR can offer businesses. The event was the latest in the BCCJ’s “Under the Hood” series, set up to deliver insights on digital and technology innovation as part of the BCCJ’s 5.0 plan.

Post-event round-up: HERE