Sir Hugh Cortazzi GCMG (1924-2018)

Aug. 16, 2018

We were saddened to hear of the death of Sir Hugh Cortazzi, former British Ambassador to Japan (1980-1984), who passed away on Tuesday 14 August 2018 at the age of 94. Sir Hugh was the most distinguished Japanese specialist of his generation in the Foreign Office and made immeasurable contributions to the advancement of the UK-Japan relationship. Distinguished ... Read more

JTB draw up sample travel packages & travel plans for 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC)

July 11, 2018

In preparation for the 2019 RWC, Japan's largest travel agency, JTB is looking to gauge interest and receive feedback on fan packages for England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland. As part of an effort to offer fans the opportunity to engage with local communities and make the most of their trip near the cities hosting matches, they have compiled ... Read more

Welcoming UK-Japan Season of Culture

June 21, 2018

Opportunities for BCCJ members   As host of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan will be in the international spotlight, not just for its sporting offerings but its cultural ones, too. Ever since 776 BC, the year of the first Olympiad, sport has been showcased at the Games alongside cultural ... Read more

Osaka Earthquake and disaster preparedness

June 18, 2018

A message from the BCCJ President The magnitude 6 earthquake that struck North Osaka at 08:00hrs this morning (June 18), resulted in transport disruption, property damage and a significant number of injuries. News channels have also reported three fatalities. On behalf of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), I would like to express our condolences ... Read more

Last Chance>>Sign Up for the BCCJ's Annual Cup

June 8, 2018

Calling all golfers, this is your last chance to register for the BCCJ's popular annual golfing event, the BCCJ Cup. All players welcome, from beginners to golfing pros; members & non-members; men & women, to join us for our staple sporting event, held at the Gold Tochigi President's Country Club on June 24 (Sunday) 2018. This year we ... Read more

UK marketers lead on creativity insights for Tokyo 2020

May 25, 2018

Anti-stereotype ad guide unveiled Photos credit: Global Marketer Week British innovators and creatives were among the award-winning speakers at Global Marketing Week 2018 in Tokyo, in mid-May, where new anti-stereotyping marketing guidance was launched.Co-hosted by the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA)—which has offices in London, Brussels and Singapore—and Japan Advertisers Association Inc., the event attracted ... Read more

The business case for D&I

May 17, 2018

There is growing activism globally for gender parity but, with much of the conversation focused on rights, what about the business case for gender parity?As the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) believes diversity and inclusion (D&I) is good for business, it has been running a D&I programme since 2012.Ahead of the BCCJ ... Read more

A shared cyber vision for UK and Japan

May 17, 2018

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just two years away, the Japanese government are making every effort to ensure a tightened cybersecurity infrastructure in response to an increase in cyber related attacks. Despite vast experience dealing with natural disasters of seismic proportions, the country remains relatively undeveloped and therefore vulnerable to the exploitation of systems, networks and technologies. In ... Read more

Scots festival draws Japan filmmakers

April 24, 2018

Dynamic culture chosen to showcase new tech Photography by Mike Pennington A traditional festival on a remote Scottish island is the subject of a new film by Panasonic Visuals, Japan, to showcase the firm’s cutting-edge production equipment. Held annually in January to mark the end of the Christmas period, Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Shetland, dates from ... Read more

A Summit to Prepare the Future: One Young World

April 16, 2018

Are your Leaders future-ready?   Building a movement of socially aware, agile next-generation international leaders who can lead themselves, organisations and society in a rapidly transforming world No one would dispute that we are living in uncertain times, both in Japan and globally. We are facing increasingly complex questions, such as:  How do we empower women, and address the ... Read more