Event Round Ups

BCCJ think tank talks responsible tourism

Aug. 21, 2019

Japan’s tourism boom has delivered record numbers of overseas visitors, rising from 10 million in 2013 to 20 million in 2016 to 30 million in 2018.  The influx has provided a welcome boost to the economy. Nationally, travel and tourism’s contribution to GDP reached 7.4% in 2018 and, in some regions, overseas visitors’ spending is ... Read more

Small is GREAT XV | Law and Disorder with Catherine O'Connell

July 19, 2019

Tips for entrepreneurs at Small is GREAT XV BCCJ member Catherine O’Connell established her own legal practice in Tokyo a mere 15 months ago but the business is thriving, thanks to its innovative, on-demand corporate, compliance and regulatory legal services. With 20 years’ legal experience spanning three continents, O’Connell says her career to date has been ... Read more

Tech Hack | UK-Japan Innovation Ecosystems in 2019-2020

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 ... Read more

Lessons on Leadership from Global CEO of Rio Tinto, Jean-Sébastien Jacques

July 5, 2019

(Photos courtesy of Life 14) 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 ... Read more

Rolls Royce - Breakfast with Ben Story

June 28, 2019

   Rolls-Royce’s vision for Japan and globally British industrial technology company Rolls-Royce has a storied past, but it is the future that excites employees based on its vision of being a “pioneer of power.” That was the message delivered by the company’s London-based Strategic Marketing Director Ben Story at a BCCJ breakfast presentation on June 7, in ... Read more

Automotive tech driving new businesses, social change

June 21, 2019

Potential of ACES (automated, connected, electric and shared vehicles) Members of the British and Swedish chambers of commerce in Japan came together on May 21 for an engaging co-hosted panel discussion featuring experts on automated, connected, electric and shared (ACES) mobility. With the cutting-edge technology driving the development of these vehicles developing apace, fuelled by demand for greater ... Read more

How VR is transforming business - Lessons from EY and Shadow Factory

June 7, 2019

BCCJ members visited EY’s new digital innovation centre, wavespace, on April 25 for an interactive workshop on what AR and VR can offer businesses. The event was the latest in the BCCJ’s “Under the Hood” series, set up to deliver insights on digital and technology innovation as part of the BCCJ’s 5.0 plan.  EY ... Read more

Congratulations to 2019 BCCJ Cup champion, Joe Fisher of Herbert Smith Freehills

June 4, 2019

This year's British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) Golf Day, the "2019 BCCJ Cup" was held at the Gold Tochigi President's Country Club on May 31 (Friday) 2019.  Organised by the BCCJ Golf Taskforce, the event welcomed almost 50 players from the BCCJ and wider network with male and female players of all levels joining ... Read more

ARUP | UK firm supports Japan rail exports

May 24, 2019

Inside my Company: Arup   Arup presented an introduction to its newest offering, rail consultancy, at a BCCJ “Inside my Company” event designed to provide access to the heart of member firms, in April. Founded in 1946 by Sir Ove Arup, the London-headquartered business has long provided engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of ... Read more

Diversity in Rugby - Legacy goals of grassroots play, regional rejuvenation

April 26, 2019

  “Rugby is a growing, thriving, global sport because it is inclusive and fosters diversity at all levels,” Rob Abernethy told attendees of the BCCJ’s “Diversity in Rugby” luncheon in Tokyo, on March 26. The executive director of Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 was speaking at the second event of the Rugby Alliance, a coalition of eight Japan-based ... Read more