Tributes to Haruno Yoshida

Former CEO of BT Japan, and BCCJ Executive Committee member (2014-2015), Haruno Yoshida passed away on June 30. Learning of the news yesterday morning, July 8, the BCCJ Executive Committee wishes to express its deepest condolences to Yoshida-san's family and friends.
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July 24, 2019

Great British Summer Bash

For the perfect way to welcome the season of 'atsui desu ne', join us at the Great British Summer Bash! This fun and vibrant event will be held on the evening of July 24 at Lumiveil Tokyo, where you can lap up dazzling skyscraper views alongside friends from the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and the Japan British Society (JBS). Over 100 guests will enjoy a fine selection of mouth-watering British-inspired classics and thirst-quenching beverages, as well as that Great British favourite: a raffle!

July 29, 2019

Travel Tourism Think Tank - Responsible Tourism

In 2016, having achieved the goal of drawing 20 million inbound tourists annually - a target initially set for 2020 - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has doubled the target and is now aiming for 40 million foreign arrivals in 2020, and 60 million in 2030. Buoyed by a series of upcoming global events - the G20, the Rugby World Cup 2019, TICAD and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games - Japan is on track to succeed.

July 31, 2019

Marriage Equality: Impact on Workforce Productivity

In September last year, the BCCJ co-issued a Viewpoint on Marriage Equality Japan, which had been authored by the ACCJ. In addition to the 5 Chambers that have co-issued the Viewpoint, the LLAN (Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network) engaged with members of business, financial and legal communities to publicly express support for marriage equality. To date, in total 39 companies, chambers of commerce, law firms, financials institutions and professional organizations have joined this effort to call for the Government of Japan to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples.

July 31, 2019

2019 Joint Chamber Networking Event for Young Professionals

We are excited to announce the 2019 summer edition of the popular Young Professionals Networking Party on July 31.

Sept. 4, 2019

Night with Irish - BCCJ/IJCC Networking event

The BCCJ is delighted to be teaming up with the IJCC (Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce) on Wednesday, September 4, for our annual "Night with the Irish". This year will be a particularly special event with the imminent start of the Rugby World Cup 2019, The Night provides a great opportunity to host clients, meet new professional contacts, and most importantly enjoy an evening of Irish food, drink and cheer with fellow Chamber members.

Nov. 8, 2019

2019 British Business Awards

At such an exciting time for UK-Japan relations, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) is delighted to be announcing the 2019 British Business Awards (BBA)! Launched in 2008, our not-for-profit BBA gala event celebrates excellence while showcasing success and innovation across all industries. The Awards also highlight the important social contributions made by British and Japanese organisations through their commitment to sustainability, community, and ethical behaviour

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Welcome to the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

The BCCJ welcomes members of all nationalities. Our five membership categories provide a range of options to suit every eligible company and individual in Japan, and non-resident members are also welcome.

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The UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU) could have wide-scale implications for businesses across the industrial spectrum. Being prepared for Brexit and its impact on business operations is critical for business and trade leaders. The BCCJ encourages all members to stay up-to-date with viewpoints issued by trusted business sources.

 

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The June 2019 edition of BCCJ ACUMEN is now online!

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July 24, 2019

Great British Summer Bash

For the perfect way to welcome the season of 'atsui desu ne', join us at the Great British Summer Bash! This fun and vibrant event will be held on the evening of July 24 at Lumiveil Tokyo, where you can lap up dazzling skyscraper views alongside friends from the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and the Japan British Society (JBS). Over 100 guests will enjoy a fine selection of mouth-watering British-inspired classics and thirst-quenching beverages, as well as that Great British favourite: a raffle!

July 29, 2019

Travel Tourism Think Tank - Responsible Tourism

In 2016, having achieved the goal of drawing 20 million inbound tourists annually - a target initially set for 2020 - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has doubled the target and is now aiming for 40 million foreign arrivals in 2020, and 60 million in 2030. Buoyed by a series of upcoming global events - the G20, the Rugby World Cup 2019, TICAD and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games - Japan is on track to succeed.

July 31, 2019

Marriage Equality: Impact on Workforce Productivity

In September last year, the BCCJ co-issued a Viewpoint on Marriage Equality Japan, which had been authored by the ACCJ. In addition to the 5 Chambers that have co-issued the Viewpoint, the LLAN (Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network) engaged with members of business, financial and legal communities to publicly express support for marriage equality. To date, in total 39 companies, chambers of commerce, law firms, financials institutions and professional organizations have joined this effort to call for the Government of Japan to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples.

July 31, 2019

2019 Joint Chamber Networking Event for Young Professionals

We are excited to announce the 2019 summer edition of the popular Young Professionals Networking Party on July 31.

Sept. 4, 2019

Night with Irish - BCCJ/IJCC Networking event

The BCCJ is delighted to be teaming up with the IJCC (Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce) on Wednesday, September 4, for our annual "Night with the Irish". This year will be a particularly special event with the imminent start of the Rugby World Cup 2019, The Night provides a great opportunity to host clients, meet new professional contacts, and most importantly enjoy an evening of Irish food, drink and cheer with fellow Chamber members.

Nov. 8, 2019

2019 British Business Awards

At such an exciting time for UK-Japan relations, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) is delighted to be announcing the 2019 British Business Awards (BBA)! Launched in 2008, our not-for-profit BBA gala event celebrates excellence while showcasing success and innovation across all industries. The Awards also highlight the important social contributions made by British and Japanese organisations through their commitment to sustainability, community, and ethical behaviour

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July 19, 2019

Small is GREAT XV | Law and Disorder with Catherine O'Connell

Catherine O'Connell, who has over twenty years' experience as a lawyer and three decades of connection with Japan and New Zealand, creating an extensive background in law, business, and cross-cultural communications, shared her professional experiences and insight with BCCJ members. She discussed the key to successfully transition from being an employee to becoming one's own boss.

July 10, 2019

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

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.

July 5, 2019

The Memorial to William Adams (Miura Anjin) - Opportunity to Attend

In commemoration of William Adams' life and achievements, which includes being the first Englishman to land in Japan and also achieve samurai status, the William Adams Club has organized a memorial sculpture in his honor that is to be presented in an unveiling ceremony and celebratory party in May 2020. Learn how you can join in on the festivities by reading this article.

July 5, 2019

Lessons on Leadership from Global CEO of Rio Tinto, Jean-Sébastien Jacques

Business leaders must embrace partnerships and disruption while staying connected with society in order to achieve success in the 21st century, according to Jean-Sébastien Jacques, chief executive of Rio Tinto. Visiting Japan from the Anglo-Australian firm’s headquarters in London, he spoke at a luncheon co-hosted by the BCCJ and Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, in June.

July 3, 2019

2019 Rugby World Cup | Your Digital Guide to Exploring Japan

Come September, 400,000 rugby fans will descend upon Japan as Asia’s first ever Rugby World Cup kicks off. This will open up an entirely new experience as all the exhilaration and emotion associated with the biggest tournament in rugby meets Japan, the culture capital of the world. With 48 games spanning across 12 locations, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore a Japan beyond the usual tourist trail, and truly learn why the country has been tagged, “where tradition meets the future”. While local information provided in English is becoming more accessible, it is still essential to utilise online platforms available in order to make the most of your visit.

June 28, 2019

RWC presents chance for Welsh food and drink producers

The Welsh Government’s first trade delegation to Japan dedicated to food and drink arrived in Tokyo on June 16, hopeful of tapping the Rugby World Cup (RWC) to drive interest in Wales’ produce. Welcoming importers, distributors, restaurateurs and other business representatives to a reception at the British Embassy, Tokyo, Mark Hughes, senior manger export at the food division of the Welsh Government, said the RWC and Tokyo 2020 are driving great interest in Wales. Consumers are curious about Welsh food and drink, and importers are looking for more Welsh products, which prompted the decision to support a delegation of solely food and drink producers for the first time.

June 28, 2019

Rolls Royce - Breakfast with Ben Story

BCCJ members enjoyed a breakfast meeting with Ben Story, Strategic Marketing Director of Rolls-Royce. Mr. Story shared updates from Rolls Royce HQ and offered his views on Brexit, the future of the UK-Japan and EU-Japan business landscape. He discussed the importance of electrification and digitalisation, global challenges in international trade, sustainability goals, and more.

June 26, 2019

Robert Walters 2019 Salary Survey Japan

The 20th instalment of the Robert Walters annual Salary Survey has been released. The Salary Survey is a credible insight into hiring and salary trends worldwide. Overall the global hiring market was buoyant in 2018, with most markets reporting an increase in hiring due to positive economic conditions and employer confidence. Many markets continued to face candidate shortages, especially in relation to bilingual professionals and those with specialist digital skills. In the UK, employers faced candidate shortages as professionals proved reluctant to switch roles due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. The technology industry continued to grow and hire aggressively.

June 24, 2019

BCCJ 2019 June Acumen Available now!

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