Cover Feature

ACUMEN at fifty

by Julian Ryall

The BCCJ magazine celebrates its history of providing insight into UK-Japan business, culture and lifestyle with this landmark issue.

BCCJ ACUMEN’s Purpose:

To strengthen UK-Japan economic and cultural relations by providing BCCJ Members, the British community, and others in Japan with a forum to promote their products and services, share ideas and information, and cultivate Anglo-Japanese understanding and cooperation.

Leaders

Features

E-BULLETIN EXCLUSIVE

Shopping Uncovered

by Hiroki Ito

New research shows the role of shopping, and the effectiveness of buying behaviour on mothers in Japan.

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E-BULLETIN EXCLUSIVE

Wild threads

by Aya Miyashita

Distressed denim, created by zoo animals, has been used to make designer jeans in support of a zoo in Ibaraki Prefecture.

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E-BULLETIN EXCLUSIVE

Growth in EU organics

by Donald Nordeng

An equivalency agreement allows Japan and EU member countries to import and export organic products with ease.

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Anniversary

Our best picks

by Julian Ryall

A look back at BCCJ ACUMEN’s top covers and stories.

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Competition

COMPETITION

by Custom Media

Publish your best Japanese nature photograph on one of the BCCJ social media sites for your chance to win the use of a Land Rover for a weekend.

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Japanese Media

Japan news

by Mark Schreiber

Hanako magazine brings London to Japan; Staff shortages spawn “monster workers”; Ageing lorry drivers fuel fear of labour pinch

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Environment

Saving Mount Fuji

by Kathryn Wortley

Alpinist and environmentalist Ken Noguchi leads the campaign to clean up the country’s highest mountain.

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BCCJ Event

Analysing Abenomics

by John Amari

Success of the third arrow is critical to the country’s future said House of Representatives member Keisuke Suzuki.

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Publicity

Kobe city: Modern and Progressive

by Kobe Enterprise Promotion Bureau

The area boasts a biomedical innovation cluster, pleasant living conditions and support for foreign firms and affiliates.

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Publicity

Promoting global jinzai

by Custom Media

Language Resources: We are a “resource bank” of professional language specialists.

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Politics

The haggis vote

by Ian de Stains OBE

The people of Scotland get set to decide their future in the upcoming referendum on independence.

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Health

Dental Care for Toddlers

by Dr Anthony S Drennan DMD

Keeping primary teeth until they are lost naturally is important for well-being.

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Help

don’t suffer in silence

by Anonymous

Telephone counselling service answers some commonly-asked questions.

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Publicity

Heart in the home business

by Kathryn Wortley

A Japanese architectural firm relies on authentic materials and extensive research to create its British designs.

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Export To Japan

British Brand Power

by Julian Ryall

Luxury heritage and top-quality products prove crucial in cracking the Japanese market for one UK outdoor wear firm.

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Industry

Time for a cuppa

by Julian Ryall

UK firm Pukka Herbs has found success in the Japan market with its original brand of “tea cocktails”.

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Excom

Building a successful team

by Anna Pinsky

Good attitude and motivation are important factors to consider in potential candidates, rather than solely language skills.

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Gong

Charity Leader in Honours List

by Kathryn Wortley

Jane Best, president and CEO of Refugees International Japan receives an MBE for her work to support displaced people in Africa and Asia.

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Arts

ARTS

by Kana Shimoyoshi

UK arts events in Japan

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JET

Where are they now?

by Philippa Greenwood

JET alumni shares the positive and long-lasting impact of the programme.

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If You Ask Me

European Union: stay in or get out?

by Ian de Stains OBE

Withdrawal could lessen appeal of UK as a regional headquarters for Japanese firms.

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Books

Examining the events of 1945

by Ian de Stains OBE

Year Zero explores a year that marked dramatic changes in the world.

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Media

Japan / UK News

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