The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Medical Tourism Explained
Travelling for medical care, also known as medical tourism, is a rapidly growing industry valued upwards of $60bn annually.
The Business of Omotenashi
There are some things unique to Japan that are beyond cool, but nevertheless represent latent national assets, such as the phenomenon called omotenashi.
Can Japan Deliver the Skills It Needs?
An ongoing shortage of high-level skills means that Japan’s labour market has yet to find balanced ground.
Mini launches new cars
The newest Mini range, launched in Japan on 12 April, has undergone a complete redesign.
Japan lag weighs on music market
Waning music sales in Japan dragged down global sales totals in 2013, while music consumption in the UK remained upbeat.
Chocolatier offers new twist on classic
Nestlé Japan has launched an oven-bake version of the Kit-Kat bar.
Having a Blast
The celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the British School in Tokyo went with a bang.
Smiles All Round
The Books for Smiles programme has proved a brilliant success since its inception at the end of 2012.
A commanding read on all things Japanese
This is the most important book on Japan to be published in the last two decades.
Japan fails to achieve diversity at the top
Just 15% of management positions in Japan are held by women, a figure well below the average found across Asia.
Many human resources departments work hard to remove intentional bias from the workplace, yet unconscious bias is rife.
UK arts events in Japan
The Royal Harpist
Hannah Stone, the official harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, performed a series of recitals for St David's Day.
Good governance; going to the polls
I encourage all BCCJ members to attend the AGM on 23 April, to welcome your new excom and president.
the Home loan maze
Among the benefits of property investment in Japan are greater choice and quality than the rental market.
Hospitals: UK vs japan
If you end up in hospital during your time in Tokyo, rest assured that the level of care you will receive is generally the same as in any other developed country.
Saving national assets
When it comes to sustainable urban development, the UK National Trust and its Japan equivalent, the ANTJ, each have their own approach.
Connect and Engage
Content marketing is considered a very important method for reaching your target social community.
old and new
Tomomi Araki, a registered architect in the UK and Japan, has a distinct view on the evolution of cities and buildings.
Here’s to a safe haven for D&I
The need could not be greater for “a safe, positive and nurturing environment” if Japan is to avoid a bleak future.
A woman’s job?
Doing the dishes as well as bringing home money are only parts of the greater household operation.
New products for new markets; Poor posture hurts job hunt; Tax hike spurs spending cuts
New dog in town
Scottish beermaker BrewDog launched its first Asia outlet in Tokyo’s Roppongi district early last month.
A privilege and a pleasure
The BCCJ’s success is all down to the companies and individuals involved.
Your Partner in Property and Profits
The laws regarding apartment rentals for shared premises in Japan have become increasingly complex.
Kaizen in practice
Election reforms, ACUMEN redesign and even Everton show ongoing improvement.
Passing the torch
Retired Olympian and former diplomat Mara Yamauchi now dedicates her time to motivational speaking and running-related activities.
As safe as houses?
The property market is entering a positive new cycle: banks are lending again, and sellers are making optimistic moves.
news in brief
Your monthly digest of UK-Japan media reports