UK Govt response to disasters in Japan

July 17, 2018 12:00 - 14:00


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What could you expect? And how could you help?

Many current BCCJ members may not have lived through the triple disasters that unfolded on March 11 2011, when almost 18,000 lives were taken in the Tohoku region. And the recent earthquake in Osaka reminded us how a natural disaster can strike at any moment . . .

Therefore, we wish to revisit the important topic of disaster preparedness and crisis response, beginning with a study session at the BCCJ office with Chris Heffer, Director for Trade and Investment in the British Embassy in Tokyo, who is also responsible for managing any Crisis Response on behalf of the UK Government in Japan.


SPEAKER: Chris Heffer

Chris Heffer was appointed as Director for Trade and Investment in the British Embassy in Tokyo in September 2015. He is responsible for supporting UK-based companies exporting to Japan, and for attracting inward investment from Japan to the UK, in order to meet UK Government objectives. Prior to this, he spent two years at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) heading up the growth policy, including being responsible for infrastructure, procurement and social mobility within BIS. He led projects to improve the UK’s science skills, making the UK a better place to do business, and supporting disruptive businesses to enter and grow in different sectors. Before that, he spent six years in the Department of Health strategy unit, heading up customer insight as well as being head of drugs and alcohol policy.

Before joining the Senior Civil Service in 2007, Chris was a Senior Manager in the strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting, including spending two years working for Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting in Tokyo from 2001 to 2003. He worked across a range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, consumer business, rail and media, and has worked in Germany, France and Japan. He graduated from Oxford University in 1996 with a Master's in engineering, economics and management, and was a sponsored engineer for Ford Motor Company in the UK during that time. Chris completed a diploma in modern Japanese at SOAS in 1999 and went on to undertake further language training with the Foreign Office.


1200 Doors open, brown bag lunch
1230 Study session begins
1245 Breakout sessions begin
1400 Doors close


Format: Study session

Soft drinks will be served

Please bring your own Brown Bag Lunch if desired!

This is a Members Only event. Book your seat >> LOG IN to the BCCJ website with your member ID

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Venue Information

BCCJ Office
Ark Hills Front Tower RoP 2-23-1 Akasaka Minato-ku

Due to office security restrictions, reception (1F) will start at 1200 and attendees arriving after 1230 can not be admitted.
セキュリティの都合上 当日の受付はビル1階入口にて当日の受付はビル1階入口にて12時00分から12時30分までです。
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Member Cost: ¥0

Non-Members Cost: ¥0