So the children are back at school, the temperatures have dropped to the low 20s Celsius and—maybe—the last of the year’s typhoons has been and gone. It seems the heat of summer is finally behind us and autumn has arrived to bathe the land in reds, browns and golds.
And with us now being six months into the financial year, perhaps it is a good time to start thinking about and reviewing your financial plans, to see if you are making the best of your money. To that end, this month we bring you an article on personal finance and asset management, with some opinions on how best to help your money look after you. You can find that on page 18.
I recently went on my first trip to Shikoku, and was astounded by the beauty of the island and its four distinct prefectures. From the mountains of Tokushima Prefecture to the stunning coastline of Kochi Prefecture, the festivals, delicacies and characters all go to make this is a truly wonderful part of Japan.
In this month’s BCCJ ACUMEN, we bring you the story of two British motorcycle and golf enthusiasts who pledged to take on Western Japan and its many golf courses by motorcycle. Their story, full of experiences and beautiful views, can be read on page 38.
Elsewhere in the magazine this month, we have a batch of several engaging interviews. A recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun (page 42), a look at a recent British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) event examining the steps being taken by the UK government regarding the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games (page 22) and, as part of our ongoing series on the 70th anniversary of the BCCJ, we have an interview with the chamber’s Executive Director Lori Henderson MBE (page 26).
Henderson, who has been in the post for seven-and-a-half years, speaks candidly about this time, the BCCJ’s activities, and what she sees for the future of the BCCJ and its members. It makes compelling reading for those interested in UK–Japan relations.