August 2014


Wild threads

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

Shopping Uncovered

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

Growth in EU organics

An equivalency agreement allows Japan and EU member countries to import and export organic products with ease.
Competition August 2014


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.
Environment August 2014

Saving Mount Fuji

Alpinist and environmentalist Ken Noguchi leads the campaign to clean up the country's highest mountain.
Media August 2014

Full steam ahead for lovable character

A locomotive decorated as Thomas the Tank Engine has begun operation in Japan.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
August 2014

Your trophy awaits

Nominations are open for the 8th British Business Awards, which celebrate and reward the best of UK-Japan business.
Publicity August 2014

Promoting global jinzai

Language Resources: We are a "resource bank" of professional language specialists.
Publicity August 2014

Kobe city: Modern and Progressive

The area boasts a biomedical innovation cluster, pleasant living conditions and support for foreign firms and affiliates.
Publicity August 2014

Heart in the home business

A Japanese architectural firm relies on authentic materials and extensive research to create its British designs.
David Bickle OBE President
August 2014

The benefits of collaboration

Developing relationships with organisations that support commerce and the Japan-UK relationship provide enhanced opportunities.
JET August 2014

Where are they now?

JET alumni shares the positive and long-lasting impact of the programme.
If You Ask Me August 2014

European Union: stay in or get out?

Withdrawal could lessen appeal of UK as a regional headquarters for Japanese firms.
Industry August 2014

Time for a cuppa

UK firm Pukka Herbs has found success in the Japan market with its original brand of "tea cocktails".
Help August 2014

Don’t suffer in silence

Telephone counselling service answers some commonly-asked questions.
Health August 2014

Dental Care for Toddlers

Keeping primary teeth until they are lost naturally is important for well-being.
Gong August 2014

Charity Leader in Honours List

Jane Best, president and CEO of Refugees International Japan receives an MBE for her work to support displaced people in Africa and Asia.
Excom August 2014

Building a successful team

Good attitude and motivation are important factors to consider in potential candidates, rather than solely language skills.
Kathryn Wortley
August 2014

Power of inspiration

Our special 50th issue features a host of uplifting and thought-provoking stories.
Export To Japan August 2014

British Brand Power

Luxury heritage and top-quality products prove crucial in cracking the Japanese market for one UK outdoor wear firm.
Sir Tim Hitchens CMG LVO
August 2014


A special message from British Ambassador Tim Hitchens CMG LVO.
Books August 2014

Examining the events of 1945

Year Zero explores a year that marked dramatic changes in the world.
BCCJ Event August 2014

Analysing Abenomics

Success of the third arrow is critical to the country's future said House of Representatives member Keisuke Suzuki.
Media August 2014

Wind project gets support from north-east England

Osbit Power Limited will supply safety equipment to build Japan's first offshore wind farm.
Media August 2014

Dolls show spirit of post-quake resilience

Tumble dolls on display in London show the fortitude of people in Fukushima.
Media August 2014

Battery sold for first energy storage system

Toshiba Corporation has announced plans to support the ground-breaking West Midlands project.
Media August 2014

News in brief

Your monthly digest of UK-Japan media reports
Arts August 2014


UK arts events in Japan
Japanese Media August 2014

Japan news

Hanako magazine brings London to Japan; Staff shortages spawn "monster workers"; Ageing lorry drivers fuel fear of labour pinch
Anniversary August 2014

Our best picks

A look back at BCCJ ACUMEN's top covers and stories.
Cover Story August 2014

ACUMEN at fifty

The BCCJ magazine celebrates its history of providing insight into UK-Japan business, culture and lifestyle with this landmark issue.
Politics August 2014

The haggis vote

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