Executive Director November 2018

What’s coming up?

Life after the BBA

At the start of our 70th anniversary year, we pledged to host a series of interactive, hackathon-style events that would bring members together across industries and job functions to work on shared problems and create shared solutions.

We have done so, and our next such event at Workstyling Tokyo Midtown Roppongi—involving team leaders from Mitsui Fudosan, NatWest Markets, VMWare and EY—will take place on 21 November from noon to 2pm.

In “Workstyle Innovation: Rhetoric vs Reality”, we will focus on how Japan’s workstyle reform drive is playing out in the BCCJ ecosystem.

While the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has devised measures to revise the nation’s labour regulations and improve productivity, conversations around the issue in Japan’s public and private sectors—including among many BCCJ member firms—have been complicated by various factors, including deep cultural mores and work–life balance. Many workplace challenges, such as unpaid overtime, gender inequality and the digital shift, have also come to the fore.


On the morning of 27 November, we will host a breakfast session entitled “Corporate Governance: Japan’s Inconvenient Truth”. The event, scheduled for 8–9:30am, will be led by Dr Ryohei Yanagi, regularly named the best—and arguably most-energetic—CFO in Japan’s healthcare sector.

In the years since changes were made to Japan’s Corporate Governance Code in 2015, reforms have been progressing slowly but surely.

These changes are designed to boost competi­tive­ness in the long term, and firms that embrace the positive spirit—and not just the letter—of good governance may be able to achieve more sustainable growth.

With the end of another year in sight, how is the nation doing in its bid to realise better governance, transparency and financial returns? Can the country unlock its un­tapped corporate value before it’s too late? Yanagi will share up-to-date insights on governance and value creation in Japan and reveal some inconvenient truths.


With more than 500 million members, LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the world. But people tend to only see recruiters and job seekers. What if you aren’t looking for a job? Why would you still have a LinkedIn account? The answer, according to Chris Reed, our speaker on 4 December, is that LinkedIn is a gold mine for branding, sales and marketing.

Members and guests are welcome to join us from 6 to 8pm for “Mini Masterclass: LinkedIn”, a drinks reception followed with a lively presentation by Reed—a two-time No. 1 international best-selling author and popular public speaker who has maintained his status as owner of one of the world’s most-viewed LinkedIn profiles.

Our regional chamber colleagues promise that Reed will engage, delight, educate and entertain. Certainly this is the first time in my seven and half years as BCCJ executive director that we have hosted a NASDAQ-listed CEO with a mohawk!

BBA 2018

After many months of preparation, we success­fully delivered the 2018 British Business Awards on the evening of 2 November.
This gala is not simply “another event” for the BCCJ team. It is our opportunity to work with BCCJ members across the industry spec­trum to celebrate their successes and showcase the vibrancy of the UK–Japan relationship.
So many volunteers gave their time and energy to support our wider cause that it was exceptionally gratifying to see it all come together on the night. Thank you to everyone who donated time, talent and treasure for this year’s celebration.