Executive Director May / June 2021

Notes from the Executive Director’s desk

As well as delivering great content, the BCCJ team are on a mission to bring you increased connectivity. Members may have noticed that we’ve been delivering new member-to-member networking, business development opportunities and real-time intel using the following innovative online platforms and diverse formats. 

  • BCCJ Pulse
  • Feature Fridays
  • Welcome Wednesdays
  • Virtual Tea Times

Be sure to check these out and let us know if your business might benefit from being involved. There’s more to life than Zoom, after all!


This month, we will be kick-starting two new event series designed to keep you informed, inspired and thriving in 2021. The first is The Future of Work—Building Back Better, and the second is Estate Planning. The first series will focus on post-corona­virus recovery and the wellness of people and places. The latter will deep dive into the manage­ment of personal assets, covering topics such as gift and inheritance tax, wills, pensions, and family offices.

Know your network

Did you know that, through membership of the BCCJ, you can enjoy direct access to firms from 40 industries? Connecting with these firms and, indeed, with various other UK-related organisations—as well as places of historical and cultural significance—across Japan is about to become easier, thanks to our new UK in Japan MAPPED digital directory.

BBA 2021

This year, the largest annual celebration of UK–Japan culture and commerce, the British Business Awards will be held on the evening of 5 November. Our BCCJ team promise to go above and beyond to deliver an outstanding hybrid black-tie event, live-streamed from an impressive and exciting venue in Tokyo. There is more to come on this year’s BBA format, as well as announcements on the judges, nomination categories, timeline, sponsorship opportunities and surprise goodies. For now, save the date! You won’t want to miss this.


The BCCJ is in the process of adding a new regional membership category. This will be available to organisations and individuals out­side the Kanto region, and is designed to promote business exchanges across the country. On the topic of regional promotion, we are excited to be rolling out Tohoku Week in July. This is another first for the chamber, supporting and showcasing businesses and colleagues affected by the 2011 disasters in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate Prefectures.


Last but not least, we’re moving! On 1 July we will relocate to a new location, supported by a BCCJ Platinum member company. This is a land­mark and rather creative move for our 73-year old chamber. Keep an eye on the BCCJ communi­cations channels for teasers! 

I sign off this column with a huge thanks to all members who continue to invest time, treasure and talent in the BCCJ. Despite the challenges we’ve faced collectively over the past 12 months, we’re heartened by your ongoing investment in our UK–Japan community, and pledge our steadfast commitment to delivering creative and relevant member services that matter to your business.