December 2009 / January 2010

Sir David Warren KCMG
Foreword December 2009 / January 2010

Promoting UK Interests — in business and across the board

It's a great pleasure to be asked to write a foreword [...]
Ian de Stains OBE
Leaders December 2009 / January 2010

Welcome to Acumen

I am thrilled to introduce BCCJ ACUMEN, the magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan. It has been many years since the Chamber had a regular publication and many Members have wanted to see us produce one again.
Leaders December 2009 / January 2010

Chamber Initiatives: Member Feedback Makes BCCJ Better

When I first stood for election as President of the Chamber, I told my colleagues on the Executive Committee that I wanted to hear from [...]
Simon Farrell Publisher
Leaders December 2009 / January 2010

Best of British — business, lifestyle, community

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed the first issue of BCCJ ACUMEN. It took us two solid months of hard work to put it together, and many weeks of planning before that. What surprised me most in this process was discovering the large number of successful British firms and individuals operating in Japan.
Media December 2009 / January 2010

27th Japan Scottish Highland Games

About 1,100 people gathered at Kanda University, Makuhari on 4 October for a pageant of Scottish traditional sounds and colour. The massed Pipes & Drums of the Tokyo Pipe Band and judges marched past in the opening event. Spectators and competitors then enjoyed the bagpipes and drums, kilts and sporrans, Glengarry caps and tartan shawls...
Embassy December 2009 / January 2010

Are you a British National in Japan?

Welcome from the British consular network in Japan. Some of you may have used our services, some of you may have heard of us, and some of you may have no idea who we are or what we do. I hope we can help clarify!
Jobs December 2009 / January 2010

2010 HR Trends

Employment figures — a key indicator of economic activity — are revealing welcome trends for early 2010, as firms begin to position themselves to exploit opportunities in the economic upturn. Data from the Statistics Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications suggest hiring activity will start to pick up [...]
Books December 2009 / January 2010

Conflict and Change

The biggest surprise about Conflict and Change was learning that, according to the publisher, it is the first book on the challenges associated with foreign takeovers of Japanese firms. At a BCCJ luncheon at the Hilton Tokyo hotel on November 11...
CSR December 2009 / January 2010

Funds Aid Fight for Rights

Refugees International Japan (RIJ) began in 1979 with advocacy efforts to improve conditions for Indochinese refugees, particularly Cambodians in camps in Thailand.
Media December 2009 / January 2010

Scotland—Front Line of Wind Power

Long dependent on North Sea oil, Scotland is now spearheading Europe's quest to harness strong winds to create energy and employment — leaving Japan way behind in this industry, Nikkei Business reported in October.
Media December 2009 / January 2010

Kagoshima Bags UK Black Tea Prize

In a blow to the British cuppa, a Kagoshima black tea became the first Japanese entrant to win a top award at London’s prestigious Great Taste Awards, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported in October.
Industry December 2009 / January 2010

Workplace Trends

Mobile business tools have widened the potential definition of the workplace well beyond the confines of a specific piece of real estate. Yet we still cling dearly to our tactile office, and employees become defensive of personal space and amenities during renovation or relocation.
Environment December 2009 / January 2010

Clean up with green investment

By the time you read this, Copenhagen and its relevance to Climate Change will have been forgotten. Memories of the Little Mermaid statue in the harbour and of the Danish capital as the home of Tuborg beer will have been restored.
Economy December 2009 / January 2010

Business Survey

The global economic uncertainties seem to have eased and the economic outlook for Japan in the next six months is positive, according to the latest Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) Business Confidence Survey.
Cover Story December 2009 / January 2010

2009 British Business Awards

It may have been a testing 12 months for firms large and small everywhere, but the BCCJ's 2009 British Business Awards gala dinner on 26 November underlined the excellence in the UK business community here.
Economy December 2009 / January 2010

Road to Recovery

After four consecutive quarters of contraction, Japan’s economy is slowly moving along the road to recovery. Industrial production bottomed out in February and...
Great British Brands December 2009 / January 2010

Triumph over Adversity

There’s nothing quite like the rumbling, throaty growl of a Triumph as it kicks into life. In the country renowned for mass global motorbike production, the president of Triumph Japan says...
Politics December 2009 / January 2010

End of ‘Iron Triangle?’

The speed of change under the government of Yukio Hatoyama has been faster than most expected. Arguably, the most profound changes are being made to the way Japan governs itself...
Feature Article December 2009 / January 2010

Not Scotch Mist

Few companies have emerged from the global downturn unscathed, but Scotland's whisky industry has proven relatively resilient — with increased exports to Japan. "It's an affordable luxury", says David Croll, who established Whisk-e...
Industry December 2009 / January 2010

Interactive Dialogue

Among the reforms to the regulatory inspection process recently announced by Japan's Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (SESC) is an emphasis on "more interactive dialogue" with management.
Education December 2009 / January 2010

20 Years of Teaching

This year marks the 20th anniversary of The British School in Tokyo. Today, we are a two-site school for over 650 students, with a reputation for providing a British education of the highest calibre to Nursery children...
Arts & Culture December 2009 / January 2010

Tribute to Creative UK

For the first time, four of the five laureates in Japan's prestigious Praemium Imperiale Awards are from the same country — a result hailed as a reflection of the creative depth and cultural diversity of Great Britain.