February 2013


Protect Your Health

In 2013, from a feng shui perspective, women will tend to experience complaints affecting the stomach, tummy and womb.

Sustainable Recovery Taking Root in Tohoku

As the rebuilding of the region’s economic and social infrastructure continues, sustainable entrepreneurship is helping to keep afloat the aspirations of shattered localities.

Flexible Japan—Stop Dreaming!

Around the world, the service industry is the most obvious area where we come in contact with classic inflexible attitudes on the part of staff.
Media February 2013

News in Brief

Your monthly digest of UK–Japan news
Industry February 2013

Watch This Space

The global economy faced serious problems after the 2008 Lehman Shock, causing the Greek debt crisis that created credit insecurity for all countries in the European Union. The US economy weakened, while a slowdown was evident in China and the emerging economies.
Interview February 2013

Corporate Governance: The Western Way

Simon Chelton is co-founder of Engress Intercultural Senior Leadership (ISL), a UK-based consultancy that provides offsite workshops for Japanese business leaders to enable them to develop Western approaches to working with customers, clients, partners, employees, shareholders and regulators.
Publicity February 2013

Manchester United Soccer Schools Coming to Japan

Building on the success of our programmes in the UK, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, Manchester United Soccer Schools will work with the UK-based Hiroshima firm, GEC World, to deliver football camps in Japan this spring.
Social February 2013

Where Rocket Scientists Meet?

The exact date of the first meeting of what would later become The Cambridge and Oxford Society may have been lost in the mists of time, but the aims of the association are not in doubt.
Visiting Japan February 2013

Hugo Swire

Bearing in mind the specialist skills and knowledge that abound at many British firms, Hugo Swire, minister of state for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, was keen to emphasise the opportunities for joint ventures across all business sectors during his mid-January visit to Tokyo.
Publicity February 2013

JFTC 2012 Essay Competition

ccepting his prize at a reception held at the Hotel New Otani on 8 January, Michael Sullivan fought off competition from a record 216 entrants to take the top award in the 2012 Essay Competition on the theme of “Strategies for a Depopulating Japan” conducted by the Japan Foreign Trade Council Inc. (JFTC).
Property February 2013

Investing in Tokyo

Foreign investors are, once again, purchasing Tokyo property. According to the 2012 annual report of the global property-consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle, Tokyo was the fourth most popular place in the world for real estate investment.
Japanese Media February 2013

What You Missed in the Japanese Press

Recession Bites into Lunch, Drink Budgets; Edgy Kanto Consumers Shun Shopping; Net Poll Reveals Buyer Trends; Remote Rules Eased for Domestic Devices
Media February 2013

Paint Firm Sign Red Devils

Manchester United has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with a Japanese paint manufacturer, The Guardian reported on 18 January.
Media February 2013

Car Facility Wins Special Award

McLaren Automotive’s new £800mn McLaren Production Centre received a special prize at the British Construction Industry Awards, the London Press Service reported on 16 January.
Industry February 2013

A State of Flux

Relocation firms in Japan have experienced tough challenges since the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, which caused the market to shrink and the relocation industry to become even more competitive.
Environment February 2013

TARGET: Zero Kills

As dawn broke on two of the most important days of the year—Christmas and New Year’s Day—for Gillian Graham, she was about as far away from her home as it was possible to be.
Books February 2013

Book Reviews

Made in Japan Shinto Shrines
Environment February 2013

The Whale Truth

A comprehensive new report commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has thoroughly debunked the explanations used by Japanese authorities to justify the continuation of the nation’s whaling programme.
Beer February 2013

Tapping Changing Tastes

The dimly lit dance floor of a nightclub in Tokyo’s Shibuya district may not sound like the ideal place for an event promoting the craft of brewing beer.
Arts & Culture February 2013

Arts Events

Arts events compiled by Yoko Yanagimoto.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
February 2013

BCCJ Organisational Plan for 2013

In addition to our monthly executive committee meeting in January, members of the executive committee were invited to the British Embassy Tokyo to participate in the BCCJ Away Day—a forum for exchanging ideas on this year’s organisational strategy.
Media February 2013

User-friendly Phone to Be Launched

Fujitsu Limited is planning a UK release of an android phone for older users, the Asahi Shimbun reported on 28 December.
Poll February 2013

Salary Survey Results

Leading specialist recruiting firms annually compile salary surveys to provide those in the industry, their clients and potential clients, a comprehensive review of global conditions and salary levels in the recruitment market.
Simon Farrell Publisher
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.