July 19, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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