About BCAO

Foundation Jan. 19th, 2006
Establishment Jun. 20th, 2006
Objectives The objectives of the BCAO are to render services of relief and safety to the nation and local regions by:

・Engaging in activities which contribute to the advancement Business Continuity pertaining to all risks such as natural disasters, corporate incidents, or accidents, etc.
・Striving to mitigate economic and social damage and enhance regional disaster preparedness and crisis management.
Detailed Activities ・Holding seminars and sending lectures to promote awareness and diffusion of Business Continuity.
・Developing curricula or materials and holding courses to nurture Business Continuity specialists
・Publishing a standardized textbook on Business Continuity
・Holding a ceremony named "The BC Awards" to recognize individuals, business enterprises, local governments, or organizations who promote Business Continuity
・Research and study on Business Continuity
・Providing the latest news and information on Business Continuity
(as of Jan. 31st 2009)
・Individuals Regular Members:599 Individuals
・Corporate Regular Members: 43 Corporations (354 Individuals)
・Corporate Supporting Members: 47 Corporations (160 Individuals)
・Student Members: 15
・Special Members: 525
(see the "Types of Membership")


Shigeaki Horikoshi
Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd


Takeshi Ito
Fujitsu Research Institute (FRI)


Tomohisa Sashida
Tokio Marine & Nichido Risk Consulting Co.,Ltd.

Masamichi Shinohara
InterRisk Research Institute & Consulting, Inc.


Hiroaki Maruya
Policy Research Institute for Land Infrastructure and Transport

Kenji Watanabe
Nagoya Institute of Tech


[Director and Secretary-general]

Shinji Hosotsubo
Crisis Management and Preparedness Organization


Hiroshi Usami   
SMK Corporation

Shinpei Ogawa  
Internet Initiative Japan Inc.


Ryoichi Okuyama
Okuyama Management Consultant Office


Hajime Kagiya
Itabashi City

Toshinori Kajiura
Hitachi, Ltd.


Hitoshi kawaguchi  
Nagoya Institute of Technology  Graduate school


Yoshiki Kinehara
Mitsubishi Research Institute,Inc. (MRI)

Masahiro Koshida
NEC Corporation

Akira Sumi
General Building Research Corporation of Japan

Koichi Takahashi
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Risk Management, Inc.


Fumio Takeda
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies


Nathan Lee Rhoden
Crisis Management & Organizational Resilience Planning

Kanryu Nagase
Disaster Recovery Institute Japan

Kentaro Noda
Japan Economic Research Institute Inc.


Shogoro Hagiwara
Hagiwara Land Development, Construction & Planning Office

Masamitsu Miyamura
Kogakuin University

Hiroaki Yuki

Kouichi Yoshida




Fumio Arai 

Keio Corporation

Akemi Kawamura

CAC Corporation

Kenji Kifune
Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

Advisors Atsuomi Obayashi
Keio University

Hirotaka Ikeda
Fuji Tokoha University, Graduate School

Tetsuyuki Kagaya
Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School

Susumu Nakano
University of Tokushima, Graduate School
Types of Membership 1. Personal Regular Member
Individual who agrees objectives of the BCAO, is admitted as a member to the BCAO, and has a volition to conduct tasks of the BCAO

Enrollment Fees: No charges
Membership Fees: 10,000 yen per 1 calendar year

2. Corporate Regular Member
Corporation and corporation or organization consists of corporations who agree with the objectives of the BCAO, is admitted as a member to the BCAO, and has a volition to conduct tasks of the BCAO

Enrollment Fees: No charges
Membership Fees:200,000 yen per 1 calendar year

3. Corporate Supporting Member
Corporation who agrees objectives of the BCAO, is admitted as a member to the BCAO, and supports tasks of the BCAO
Enrollment Fees: No charges
Membership Fees:100,000 yen per 1 calendar year

4. Student Member
Student who agrees objectives of the BCAO and is admitted as a member to the BCAO. 

Enrollment Fees: No charges Membership
Fees:2,000 yen per 1 calendar years

5. Special Member
One who successfully passed the qualifying exam by the BCAO, excepting personal regular member

Enrollment Fees: No charges
Membership Fees:10,000 yen per 3 calendar years
Office Business Continuity Advancement Organization
B3 Shin-Toranomon-Jitsugyo-Kaikan
1-12-21 Toranomon,
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0001 JAPAN


Background on the Establishment of BCAO

Business Continuity (BC) is essentially a management strategy for corporations and organization to facilitate the rapid recovery and
restoration of services and operations with minimum interruption in the aftermath of an accident or disaster.

This is achieved through Business Continuity Management (BCM) for the development, execution, drilling and review of Business Continuity Plans (BCP). In the wake of the computer millennium bug problem and the terrorist attack on September 11 in New York, the importance of BCM and BCP has been the focus of increasing attention, and the USA and UK have taken the lead in widespread adoption of BC.

For this reason, cases of Japanese companies that are requested by overseas trading partners to furnish their BCP are on the rise. In
addition, because it is necessary to tackle the issue of BC throughout the supply chain, major domestic companies are beginning to demand BC response from their suppliers.

Since 2004, Japan has experienced a string of large-scale disasters, and companies have a renewed recognition of the importance of corporate disaster and crisis management measures. Also from the standpoint of information security governance, the continuity of information system operations is vital. With this in mind, the government has been announcing BC-themed guidelines one after another since 2005, stressing the importance for all companies including small- and-medium-scale businesses to come to grips with BC. Furthermore, the government positions BCP as a key pillar of corporate disaster management in their policy for national countermeasures in the event of a large-scale earthquake.

With these circumstances as background, BCAO was established based on the proposal of the experts and scholars associated with the formulation of the above mentioned governmental guidelines and with the cooperation of many others with a high degree of interest in the field of Business Continuity.