Simon Farrell


With extensive knowledge and key contacts from many years in the global print, digital, and broadcast media, Simon leads a diverse team of experienced editors, writers, designers, and photographers.


Obituary May / June 2022

Henry Scott-Stokes

History May / June 2022

Myth and Reality

Paralympics May / June 2022

Tokyo 2020: how did we do?

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May / June 2022

Labour of love

Interview Jan / Feb 2022

One foot in both Oxford and Kyoto

Interview Jan / Feb 2022

Carolyn Davidson

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Jan / Feb 2022

The other Japan

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Nov / Dec 2021

Britons gonged for great deeds

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Sept / Oct 2021

Finding Black in the Union Jack (and Japan)

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July / Aug 2021

Para aims high

Education May / June 2021

Land of fair play and freedom

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May / June 2021

Exporting education

Interview Mar / Apr 2021

BBC picks sake expert

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Mar / Apr 2021

Put your passion into action

Embassy Mar / Apr 2021

H.E. Julia Longbottom CMG

Finance Jan / Feb 2021

Is Robert Hirst the first Briton to bring a theme park to Japan?

Media Jan / Feb 2021

Cynic’s guide to Japan

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Jan / Feb 2021

New name for new era

Gongs Jan / Feb 2021

Steve Crane OBE: Gentleman, now an officer

Exit Edition

Changing of the Guard

Science Nov / Dec 2020

Not rocket science

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Nov / Dec 2020

ARK marks 30 years

Books Sept / Oct 2020

The good life?

VINTAGE Sept / Oct 2020

The camera hunter

Diversity Sept / Oct 2020

Isabel Reynolds

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Sept / Oct 2020

Expats in action

Interview July / Aug 2020

Life in the fast lane

Books July / Aug 2020

For quirky bookworms

FDI July / Aug 2020

Hitachi signals new rail era in Durham

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July / Aug 2020

Don’t doubt our diversity

SUSTAINABLE July / Aug 2020

Passion for #PlasticFree

Motors May / June 2020

Lotus: lean and mean

Interview May / June 2020

Dr Kenji Shibuya

Charity May / June 2020

My Dad was in Prison with Nelson Mandela!

Interview May / June 2020

Tokiko Shimizu

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May / June 2020

Power of positive

Dogs Mar / Apr 2020

Japan’s best of breed

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Mar / Apr 2020

Survival—not Silence—for the Sinfonia, Olympics … and Thomas the Tank Engine

Interview Mar / Apr 2020

Matthew Knowles

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February 2020

War games

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January 2020

Tears, fears and cheers

Honours January 2020

Tim Minton OBE

Business & Tourism January 2020

North Korea: open all hours

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Nov / Dec 2019

Land of legends

Sport October 2019

Saitama Hosts “Blind Rugby”

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When nature hurts, humans are inspired to help

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September 2019

Rugby fans take slow road to Tokyo

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August 2019

Capital battle: work–life balance

Plus our magnificent machines, magazines, musicians and Ms Matsushita
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July 2019

Glass ceiling smasher

Many firsts for female role model Haruno Yoshida
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June 2019

Diversity in action and acronyms

LGBT and KIWL annual events raise profile and funds
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May 2019

It’s in our DNA

Making, knowing, retaining history
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April 2019

Reasons to be cheerful

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March 2019

Million-dollar men

Creative February 2019

English plums at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

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February 2019

Behind the scenes

Awards January 2019

Japan-British Society Awards

Royal tribute for charity founder and ballet star
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January 2019

Week is long time in politics and publishing

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December 2018

The End of History

Name for niche, quality, tradition helps UK goods in Japan
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November 2018

People and places

Make history, music … and scandals
BCCJ Event October 2018

Govt’s World Events Team — plans for 2019 and 2020

Travel September 2018

Nikko’s Victorian legacy

Tea and scones served at 19th century British villa
Embassy August 2018

When disaster strikes

What the UK government can—and cannot—do for you in Japan
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June 2018

Be prepared...

2p, or not 2p
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May 2018

The sun rises and falls

Sayonara, Doreen, and congrats to six Brits
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Inside 1 Ichiban-cho

It’s people who make places
BCCJ Event March 2018

Strong bonds

What does Brexit mean for Scotland, the UK and Japan?
History March 2018

Happy Birthday, BCCJ!

It’s our Platinum jubilee (1948-2018): Part II
History February 2018

Happy Birthday, BCCJ!

It’s our Platinum jubilee (1948-2018): Part I
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January 2018

Strong and long

More busy times for bilateral ties
Obituary January 2018

Ian de Stains OBE (8 December, 1948–18 December, 2017)

BCCJ executive director for 24 years and prolific BCCJ ACUMEN writer
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September 2017

May Day

More than a mission
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June 2017

Happy Official Birthday!

To Queen Elizabeth II
British Business Awards May 2017

Sponsor the 2017 BCCJ British Business Awards

Rare chance to be part of Japan’s biggest UK event
Top story February 2017

Welcome to Ambassador Paul Madden

The UK’s new top diplomat in Japan
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January 2017

Guys and LOLs

Taking stock, looking ahead
Exit interview November 2016

UK Ambassador Tim Hitchens CMG LVO

An exclusive interview with the departing ambassador
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September 2016

New editor

For a new era
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December 2015

Big thanks

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June 2014

Meet the new editor

The World Cup, queen's birthday, economic promise make a buzz.
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May 2014

Winds of change

Truly a readers’ magazine, BCCJ ACUMEN aggregates news, industry insights and cultural reports to both inform and entertain a broad audience of leaders and professionals.
Motors May 2014

Memory lane for motors

Preserved or renovated British car classics gathered for the inaugural Great British Rally in Tokyo.
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April 2014

Kaizen in practice

Election reforms, ACUMEN redesign and even Everton show ongoing improvement.
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March 2014

Inside the mind of a magazine designer

I’m delighted to welcome our gifted Creative Director Cliff Cardona to share with us his wisdom on the much-anticipated redesign of BCCJ ACUMEN.
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February 2014

Room for a View

Our newest columnist is an eloquent and informed female Japanese resident of London, Ginko Kobayashi.
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January 2014

Great Year for Great Causes

We are proud to have won the award for “Best Charity & Fund Raising Cookbook–Asia”, for producing Flavours Without Borders.
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December 2013

First for Firsts

A list, from A-Z, with some of my favourite firsts BCCJ ACUMEN featured in 2013.
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November 2013

And the Winner Is …

An excerpt from my partner Robert Heldt's acceptance speech for the 2013 Company of the Year award.
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October 2013

Memory Lane for BCCJ Members

Not all BCCJ events are about business. Of those I have attended, the UK–Japan Defence Collaboration on 2 October was one of the most intriguing.
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September 2013

BBA: You Judge the Judges

In case you needed more reasons to nominate a candidate for one of the six BBA awards, or attend one of the foreign community’s most prestigious events of the year, here is a list of the diverse and expert luminaries who will serve as judges.
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August 2013

British Business Awards: Artist, Judge, Nominations

With violinist Diana Yukawa’s British Airways ticket from London to Tokyo confirmed for her performance at the BCCJ 2013 British Business Awards (BBA), it’s also a pleasure to announce that Michael Woodford MBE, the whistle-blower, has kindly agreed to be a judge at the annual black tie event, on 1 November at the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo.
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July 2013

Helping the Other Half

Partner has become a popular word, with many couples, sponsors, firms, friends, colleagues, countries and ideologues preferring this warm and fuzzy term to “the missus”, “comrade” or “collaborate”.
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June 2013

Never Too Early to Plan the BBA

With a full season or two before the sixth British Business Awards (BBA), it feels strange as we plan—the aircon running—the BCCJ’s flagship event, traditionally held closer to winter.
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May 2013

BCCJ ACUMEN Without Borders

We don’t take sides at BCCJ ACUMEN, whether political, geographical or other. We avoid, of course, favouring England over her close neighbours north and west, as the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish traditionally accuse the media and others of doing.
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April 2013

A Year to Remember

As we compiled features in this issue about the UK and Japan marking their 400-year relationship and a tourism campaign by VisitBritain and British Airways, I was intrigued to learn about a number of other important anniversaries in 2013.
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March 2013

Fighting—and Cooking—for a Cause

There are just 10,000 foreign refugees living in Japan compared with over 200,000 in the UK, the eighth-largest recipient of asylum seekers in 2011, according to the most recent numbers I could find.
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February 2013

Please Help Middle-aged Men in Lycra

I used to presume that Brits at Lunch was just a boozy excuse to shorten Fridays, attended by nostalgic expats getting misty eyed over their green and pleasant land, accompanied by chicken tikka masala and spotted dick with lashings of custard. Sorry, I was wrong.
Cover Story February 2013

Meet the New Ambassador

The UK and Japan share a curiosity and appetite for each other’s products, services and culture, says London’s recently appointed chief diplomat to its “closest partner in Asia”. He is busy promoting modern Britain’s creativity, diversity and ability to deliver.
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January 2013

Happy New Year!

We at Custom Media are proud to enter our fourth year of publishing BCCJ ACUMEN for the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and wish loyal readers, members, advertisers, the Executive Committee and Secretariat the very best of British for 2013.
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December 2012

Looking Back ... and Forward

In January 2012, Custom Media vowed to showcase in BCCJ ACUMEN a diverse array of subjects, industries, people and things related to UK–Japan business, culture, sport, lifestyle and more over the following 12 months.
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November 2012

Only Winners at the BBA

Best wishes from BCCJ ACUMEN to the winners and organisers of the fifth annual British Business Awards (BBA) on 2 November at the Conrad Tokyo. We postponed printing ACUMEN to cover this special event, which is splashed over seven pages of this issue.