History

69 Years, Going from Strength to Strength

1948 British businessmen, including William Salter and Douglas Kenrick, discuss how to take advantage of business opportunities in peace time Japan.

1955 The chamber is granted Foreign Juridical Person status by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, allowing it to officially use the name British Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

1963 The chamber sets up a permanent secretariat when its status was ratified by The Treaty of Commerce, Establishment and Navigation between Japan and the UK.

1964 Aiming to take advantage of the after effects of the 1964 Olympics, the British Embassy hosts a British Week in Tokyo supported by the BCCJ. Chamber grows and strengthens throughout 1970s and 1980s.

1987 Executive Committee appoints the first Executive Director – Ian de Stains OBE. Thanks to the generosity of Robin Maynard, then of Sedgwick & Co Ltd, the chamber office moves to a bigger premises in a central location. The chamber’s current operations manager, Sanae Samata, joins the BCCJ. Today she remains our longest serving staff member!

1990s Great expansion for the BCCJ, which publishes Japan PostingResearch and Development in JapanSeihinka, and Gaijin Scientist following initiatives such as the Science and Technology Action Group and the Small and Medium Business Initiative. London Club is formed to involve more Japanese members.

1997 The British Industry Centre (BIC) in Yokohama is established as a result of collaboration between the BCCJ, the City of Yokohama and Nomura Real Estate, with support from the British government and the British Embassy Tokyo.

2004 First female president, Alison Pockett, then of Magellan Financial Planning K.K, is elected.

2011 Lori Henderson MBE joins as Executive Director as the Chamber continues to go from strength to strength in a digital age. The following year the chamber office moves to another central spot – Ark Hills, Akasaka

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