Leaders June 2013

65 Years Young

BCCJ marks its anniversary with special events

Thank you to everyone who attended Professor Ian Neary’s fascinating talk on Shinzo Abe’s return, titled “A New Dynamism or a New Dead End”, at the Shangri-La hotel last month.

While Abenomics is still in its early days, the BCCJ wishes it success. Meanwhile, it has certainly sparked fresh global interest in Japan.

Like Abe, the BCCJ has its own three arrows. The remit for our recently elected executive committee is as follows.

  • Promote and support business interests of members
  • Strengthen UK–Japan business ties
  • Attract UK business to Japan; promote Japanese investment in the UK

At the first official meeting of the newly elected executive committee, I was struck by its energy and enthusiasm to raise the bar. I’m sure they will do an excellent job.

Among the benefits we provide our members are the high-value events we host. They offer opportunities to network at senior levels with UK and Japanese organisations and individuals.

I’m very much looking forward to hearing more about Central Japan Railway Company’s global ambition from Chairman Yoshiyuki Kasai at our 18 June event, “Running a Railway—From Central Japan to the World”.

Looking further ahead, the annual British Business Awards (BBA) is another opportunity to strengthen and celebrate ties between the UK and Japan.

This year, the chamber marks its 65th anniversary, an event we will celebrate on the night of the awards, in the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s Grand Ballroom. Please mark Friday, 1 November, in your diary.

The awards night will showcase British excellence across all industry sectors, while guests will be treated to a special performance by Japanese-born British violinist and songwriter Diana Yukawa. Nominations for awards can be made commencing in July.

As well as a great night out, the annual BBA night provides members with an opportunity to entertain clients and colleagues, as well as to support and share members’ achievements.

But, throughout the remainder of the year, there will be plenty of other events that you may like to join. I encourage you to visit our website for the latest information on these.

I look forward to seeing you soon!