Leaders October 2012

Moving Forward

Our new office is increasing BCCJ efficiency

I’m delighted to report that in August, after 18 happy years in Iidabashi’s Eigo Centre Building, the BCCJ office moved to a more convenient central Tokyo location: Mori Building Co., Ltd’s ARK Hills complex in Tameike-sanno.

This milestone relocation, only the second to independent premises in our 65-year history, is reinvigorating the BCCJ’s activities and improving overall business productivity.

Described as a “mixed-use compact city”, the culture- and commerce-rich ARK Hills complex offers a variety of popular business meeting spots and restaurants; it is also home to the ANA InterContinental Tokyo, one of our Platinum Members.

The building in which we are located, the 190,000m2 Ark Mori Tower, enjoys a high occupancy rate and houses chamber member firms Aston Martin, BT Japan and Bentley Motors Limited.

Other highlights in our midst include the world-class concert venue Suntory Hall, the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation’s studios, JETRO HQ, Twitter Japan, and a multi-purpose square where a food market is held every weekend.

The BCCJ’s closer proximity to member firms and business facilities means we are spending less time on the Tokyo Metro, and more time identifying and meeting the needs of our 700-strong membership.

The views of Tokyo Tower and one of the ARK Gardens from our 12th-floor office are an added bonus.

The BCCJ has seen a succession of achievements in the past year, including: the unveiling of a new website; the implementation of an efficient event-booking and payment system; the commencement of online membership applications; the migration to a digital membership directory; the circulation of a weekly e-newsletter to over 700 members; and the development of a comprehensive social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr and YouTube.

The move to our new, modern, serviced workplace run by BCCJ member firm Regus is allowing us to further streamline our back-office functions and move closer to our goal of a paperless office.

The key objectives of the move, as stipulated by our Executive Committee in March, are to:

  • Reflect the BCCJ’s mission and objectives of a vibrant, expanding business organisation
  • Increase safety and security for staff, visitors and data
  • Increase efficiency by relocating to a more central location, within closer reach of member firms and event venues
  • Reduce resources associated with hosting external meetings and events
  • Reinforce business contingency planning procedures
  • Secure a more competitive rent

Our new office is now showcasing the BCCJ as a progressive and increasingly relevant business operation. Access to open, collaborative spaces and state-of-the-art facilities is enabling us to become even more responsive to the varied needs of our member firms.

As we strive to stay ahead of the curve in serving our membership, we are confident our new, vibrant environment has the capacity to support future growth plans.

The BCCJ wishes to thank all members and member firms that have helped support our relocation activities, in particular: A-CROSS, Clifford Chance, Colliers International, and Regus.