BCCJ & Global Sports

Our global sporting events mission: "The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan supports the interests of its members, along with the organisers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup 2019, and the 2020 Olympics & Paralympics, to achieve the best possible organisation, business and community results before, during and after the events." 

“在日英国商業会議所(BCCJ) は会員のメンバーの方々の利益を支援すると共に、2019年ラグビーワールドカップ、そして2020年東京オリンピック・パラリンピックを応援します。これらの大会を通じ、一環してビジネスのみならずコミュニティーにも貢献できる可能な限り最善を尽くす組織として、取り組んでいきます”.

Since 2012, we have been delivering an events programme that underpins this mission, supporting knowledge-transfer between London 2012 and Tokyo 2020.



Contact the BCCJ Global Sporting Events team




Rugby Scrum Hackathon

18th May 2018. A diverse mix of BCCJ members, Japanese stakeholders and Chamber partners


British & Irish Lions vs. NZ All Blacks BBQ

1st July 2017. July at the BCCJ started with a unique afternoon networking event in association with the ANZCCJ at the Embassy of New Zealand, Shibuya, featuring a panel discussion on sports sponsorship, a BBQ, and a live screening of the second British & Irish Lions vs. New Zealand All Blacks.


2020 Paralympics: Engaging the Public

2nd June 2017. At a joint awareness-raising event, the BCCJ and ACCJ welcomed representatives of the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center to talk about the power of parasports and how better to engage the public and commercial partners through parasports experiences.

2019 RWC Draw: The Results

10th May 2017. At the latest in a series of Global Sporting Events, a recorded screening of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool Draw was shown followed by an analysis by an expert panel on the allocation, teams, and opportunities for business. 

The Paralympics: Transforming Perceptions and Inspiring Excellence

7th March 2017. BCCJ members heard from Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association, and triple Paralympian Andy Barrow, on best practicies in the business of the Paralympics and how sport can transform perceptions and inspire excellence.


A View from the IOC: Tokyo 2020

30th November 2016. The Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) John Coates, who was visiting Tokyo in his role of supervising the planning and execution of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, spoke to members and guests at an exclusive event organised by the ACCJ and co-hosted by the BCCJ.

The Business of Rugby

11th October 2016. CEO of World Rugby, Brett Gosper talks to BCCJ members about the evolution of rugby, the business of sport in the modern era, Japan's plan for 2019.


Global Sporting Events: Stadia & Arena

27th July 2016. Neil Levett, Managing Director of Alad Ltd., and organiser of the annual Stadia & Arena (S&A) conference, shares his views with BCCJ members on groundbreaking changes, funding approaches, global standards, vendor compliance, and customer expectations of venue management in Japan.


Rugby World Cup - Breaking New Boundaries

22nd April 2016. As part of the Global Sporting Events programme the BCCJ hosted a breakfast session in association with the ANZCCJ at the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo, with Murray Barnett, World Rugby’s Head of Commercial, Marketing and Broadcast, speaking about the exciting opportunities the Rugby World Cup can bring to a host country and the sport itself.


2020 Vision: Open for Business with Governor Masuzoe

29th March 2016. Over lunch at a joint BCCJ-EU Chambers of Commerce event, the head of the world's largest city, Tokyo Governor Masuzoe, shared his ambitions for making Tokyo a vibrant business and investment hub on the road to 2020 and beyond.

The Paralympics in Japan: An Agent of Change

25 March 2016. The BCCJ event, "What about the Paralympics?" shared the challenges, inspiration and energy of Paralympic athletes in Japan.What actions need to be taken in Japan to take the momentum from the UK Paralympics to the next level and beyond? How can mindsets be changed? How can Japanese and British companies support the agenda?


BCCJ Launches Global Sporting Events Champions Network

16 March 2016. BCCJ Global Sporting Events Champions - member companies that have pledged support for delivering successful GSE events in Japan - attended an invitation-only roundtable supported by the British Embassy, at the Shangri La Tokyo where they cemented their commitment to bringing together GSE knowledge from public organisations, NPOs, membership organisations, UK-based trade bodies, media, and individual advocates.


Rugby World Cup - The Community Legacy

25 February 2016. Members and guests listened to Neil Snowball, Chief Operating Officer for England Rugby 2015, speak about the impact and opportunities the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup hosted in Japan will bring to the community.

Rugby World Cup - The Community Legacy


Team GB 2020 Partnership Opportunities

9 February 2016. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) hosted a briefing at the British Embassy for BCCJ members at which Bill Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer of the British Olympic Association (BOA), shared insights into the BOA, Team GB, and the partnership and sponsorship opportunities that exist as a partner of Team GB for Tokyo 2020


Night Street Rugby

8th December 2015. Members, friends and family were invited to come play street rugby at the famous Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium.

A Night of Intercultural Street Rugby


Olympic lessons learned - with the Mayor of London: Boris Johnson

15th October 2015. The Mayor of London spoke about London's experience of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

Mayor of London says 2020 "Olymposceptics" will be proved wrong

Volunteers, Community and Legacy - How 2020 can change Japan

29th September 2015. Members and guests listened to the wisdom and advice of a London 2012 Olympics Organizer, Rowan Conway od the London Development Agency.

Legacy should be at the heart of Tokyo 2020


City for the Ages: Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on the Magnetism of Tokyo

24th September 2015. Governor Yoichi expresses his sentiments on the vital role the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will play in developing Tokyo into an even more desirable place to reside.

Governor Masuzoe: How the Olympics can change Tokyo


 Meet a World Champion: Jenson Button

23rd September 2015. Formula One Racer Jenson Button speaks and meets with fans of the sport, while guests hear about his experience at GSK's High Performance lab in the UK.

Jenson Button: Legend in the Making


Street Rugby in Nihonbashi

5th July 2015. Friends and families joined "Nihonbashi Street Rugby", which saw Sakura Dori, one of Tokyo's busiest streets, transformed into pitches where adults and children could play short games of Street Rugby.

Street Rugby: on the road to RWC2019


Lunch with the Deputy Mayor of London, Sir Edward Lister

3rd July 2015. Sir Edward Lister, Deputy of London speaks on the capital of the United Kingdoms rapid regeneration, post London Olympics 2012. 

Sir Edward Lister: Olympic price tag is reasonable


HR and The Olympics - Meeting the Workforce Challenge

13th April 2015. Jean Tomlin OBE shared her experience of running the HR operation for London 2012 with BCCJ members and invited guests at a seminar at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Tokyo 2020's HR Challenge


Tokyo 2020 and you

24th March 2015.
 Graham Davis, BCCJ Global Sporting Events lead, Brian Christian, Principal of the British School in Tokyo and Chuo Rugby Football Union's Executive Director, Hiroyuki Koyama gave updates to members on activities related to Tokyo 2020 and Rugby World Cup 2019.

Global sporting events - the story so far


Leadership, governance and accountability - the Olympic challenge

17th February 2015. Lord Deighton, the former Chief Executive of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)

London 2012 chief looks towards Tokyo 2020


Rugby World Cup 2019: the plan

3rd February 2015. Koji Tokumasu, General Manager of the Japan Rugby 2019 Tournament Organiser

We can put Japan's stamp on the 2019 Rugby World Cup


BCCJ members visit Tokyo 2020 sites

26th November 2014. Tour to Odaiba.


BCCJ secures Government funding to promote Rugby and Tokyo 2020 business opportunities

27th October 2014. Lord Livingston, the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment

This landmark agreement will enable us to pursue our mission with new resources

Supporting business - how government wants to help the BCCJ help you

20th October 2014. John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce in the UK. Peter Bishop, Deputy Chief Executive at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce/World Chambers Federation ATA Carnet Council and ATA Administrative Committee. 

Why the UK Government needs the BCCJ!

Ahead of the game - making global sporting events work for your business

26th September 2014. Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman of VisitBritain, and Chairman of International Personal Finance

UK to support Japan in delivering lasting legacy from 2020 Games


Agents of Change - the Olympic example

17th June 2014. LOCOG director Sue Hunt spoke on the London 2012 procurement process and diversity programme ahead of a panel discussion with business leaders on workplace inclusion.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics & Paralympics: opportunity to improve diversity


Branding Japan: the Olympic opportunity

5th June 2014. VisitBritain media head Paul Gauger outlined how the UK maximized the tourism benefits of hosting the London 2012 Games and what challenges await Japan in the run up to Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo 2020: An opportunity for Japan to "tell its story"

2015 Rugby World Cup update

26th May 2014. Neil Snowball, Director of Operations, the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC)

2015 Rugby World Cup: transfer of knowledge to Japan

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Opportunities Webinar

29th November 2013. 



What will the 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games bring to Japan?

24th July 2013. Fujio Cho, Toyota Motor Corporation Honorary Chairman

Implications of hosting Games for Japanese business community and young people


Olympic Excitement: London 2012 - Tokyo 2020

16th April 2013. Masato Mizuno, the Vice President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and CEO of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee

Event Showcases Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid


Olympics 51 Night

19th July 2012. Olympic Party Success

200 guests from UK and Japan celebrate upcoming London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics