Koike Pledges Fresh New Tokyo Government

July 5, 2017

NHK World reports: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has vowed to build a fresh new city government following the landslide victory of her party in Sunday's metropolitan assembly elections. Koike's Tomin First is now the largest party in the assembly with 55 seats, including 6 candidates who ran as independents. The Komeito party also supported Tomin First ... Read more

Interview with Guy Perryman MBE

July 4, 2017

***Warmest congratulations to Guy Perryman on being appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to British music in Japan.*** Guy Perryman MBE is an award winning British radio broadcaster, DJ, voice actor, event producer and writer who has DJ'd for royalty including HRH Prince William, interviewed rock celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney ... Read more

Business Legacy (President's Message June 2017)

June 29, 2017

In the June issue of the BCCJ magazine ACUMEN, David Bickle, President of the BCCJ, talks about the premium value of Brand Britain to Japanese consumers and the bilateral benefits of increased UK–Japan trade and investment. Brand BritainIn common with British chambers of commerce worldwide and their respective host countries, the overall goal of the BCCJ is ... Read more

Seize the Chance! (Executive Director's Message June 2017)

June 29, 2017

In the June edition of the BCCJ magazine ACUMEN, Emma Hickinbotham, Executive Director of the BCCJ, talks about involvement with parasports and the power of promoting inclusivity and the BCCJ summer party which will take place next month. Parasports good for firms and societyThe British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) this month hosted two engaging speakers from ... Read more

Message to Members from the BCCJ President

June 16, 2017

A message to BCCJ members from BCCJ President, David Bickle: "Less than twelve months after 52% of UK voters in a referendum chose to leave the European Union (EU), the British electorate has delivered a second dramatic result in last week’s general election. The outcome was not predicted, and it is too early to tell what impact ... Read more

UN Council Discusses Media Independence in Japan

June 13, 2017

NHK World reports: A UN expert on freedom of expression has urged Japan to enhance media independence by amending the law. The Japanese government has objected to his presentation. UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye voiced the opinion in his speech at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 12 June 2017. Kaye, a professor ... Read more

A Hung Parliament: What Happens Next?

June 9, 2017

In a shock result for Theresa May, the snap UK election held on June 8th 2017 has yielded a hung parliament. This means that no party has an overall majority. So what happens now? The BBC has published a Q&A guide to answer your questions on what happens when no-one wins the election: http://www.bbc.com ... Read more

Japan Enacts Law to Allow First Abdication of Emperor in 200 Years

June 9, 2017

The Mainichi Shimbun reports: On 9th June 2017, Japan's parliament enacted a law to allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to pass the throne to his elder son Crown Prince Naruhito in what would be Japan's first abdication in two centuries. The enactment of the law came 10 months after the emperor hinted in a televised address to ... Read more

UK General Election 2017: Overview

June 5, 2017

The 2017 UK general election is scheduled to take place this week on Thursday, 8th June. Each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies will elect one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament. In line with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, an election had not been due until 7 May 2020, but ... Read more

Warm Welcome (Executive Director's Message, May 2017)

May 26, 2017

In the May edition of the BCCJ magazine ACUMEN, Emma Hickinbotham, interim Executive Director of the BCCJ, talks about the power women of the BCCJ, the red carpet experience of the 2017 British Business Awards and benefits for business, and rugby fever. BCCJ elects new ExcomThe schedule for this chamber year is already off to a busy and ... Read more