January 2013


Investment Advice: A Review

Financial advice is a perplexing subject, so let’s start with the negatives. i) Markets are inherently unpredictable, chaotic in the technical sense of the word, and we can’t know what the future will bring.

Green Cleaning Tips

Household cleaning is a necessary part of life, but can be fraught with hazards. Many modern cleaners easily remove stains and dirt, but often leave behind residue and damage the environment.

Mobile Websites: Not Only an Option

According to a recent Microsoft Tag report, mobile internet usage is set to overtake that of desktop computers by 2014. Another prediction—that the number of mobile devices will soon be greater than the world population—highlights the sea change in how people access information.
Media January 2013

Budget Airline Orders Engines

Rolls-Royce plc will provide Japan’s Skymark Airlines Inc. with engines, the Daily Telegraph reported on 18 December.
January 2013

Enjoyable, Challenging, Devastating

Media January 2013

Carmaker to Invest in North-east

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd will invest £250mn in its Sunderland plant, the BBC said in a 19 December report.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
January 2013

Thank You for Your Help

Immediately on the heel of the Great East Japan Earthquake, we became a hub of information, disseminating to our extended networks requests from Japanese and foreign non-profit organisations, volunteers and survivors. We co-ordinated donations from individuals and firms here and abroad, with members showing great solidarity to the cause.
Simon Farrell Publisher
January 2013

Happy New Year!

We at Custom Media are proud to enter our fourth year of publishing BCCJ ACUMEN for the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and wish loyal readers, members, advertisers, the Executive Committee and Secretariat the very best of British for 2013.
Media January 2013

Firm to Join Space Project

A UK supplier of high-tech space kit has been chosen to work on a Japanese space programme, the London Press Service reported on 27 November.
Cover Story January 2013

Art in the Dark

Illuminated against the autumn sky, artists in suits jogged, sprinted and cavorted through Yokohama’s streets and parks on 3 and 4 November, as part of the contribution by British artists to the Smart Illumination Yokohama Festival 2012.
Media January 2013

News in Brief

Your monthly digest of UK–Japan news.
Japanese Media January 2013

What you missed in the Japanese Press

Surge of Private Brands, In-house Training Preferred, Bailing Out of Tokyo, IC Cards to Be Accepted Nationwide
Fashion January 2013

It’s All in the Detail

Japan has always been a fertile hunting ground for the UK’s fashion designers, but the two-day showcase event of this year’s Great Britain Fashion Mission to Japan attracted the highest-ever number of buyers and media visitors.
Interview January 2013

Ernfred Olsen

Founded in Edinburgh in 1727, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has over 140,000 employees and serves about 30mn customers in 38 countries. In the third quarter of 2012, RBS reported a core operating profit of £1.633bn, up from £980mn the previous year.
Engineering January 2013

Torque of the Town

From the bottom of the world’s deepest oceans to aboard the International Space Station, Norbar Torque Tools Ltd. plays a critical role in ensuring that state-of-the-art equipment performs to its full capacity.
Publicity January 2013

Bridging the Global Achievement Gap

The British School in Tokyo (BST) has enjoyed an enviable reputation for the provision of high-quality education since first opening its doors in Shibuya almost a quarter of a century ago. However, the past year has seen its star rise even higher.
Industry January 2013

Building Trust

Established in 1934, the British Council operates in more than 100 countries and territories to spread and strengthen Britain’s influence through the development of cultural relations.
Publicity January 2013

McGill University

McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management is at the forefront of management research and education. It aims to foster continued innovation, leverage excellence and develop students into business leaders who have a global outlook and understand the importance of personal responsibility.
Industry January 2013

The Vision Thing

Leadership is a constant battered by fashion. The best sellers come and go, and their authors flame out trying to extend the brand. We all seem to have a huge appetite for answers, and want to find that edge or glint of an idea that will secure the required result.
Food January 2013

Unearthing the Secrets of Wasabi

In a tranquil valley in Dorset, south-west England—the exact location is a closely guarded secret—a uniquely Japanese crop is taking hold in beds fed by an artesian spring alongside the River Frome.
Culture January 2013

Hyper Japan 2012

Held on 23–25 November, Hyper Japan 2012 showcased Japan’s vibrant pop culture, including manga, anime and J-pop; traditional Japanese culture; food and drink; stage performances and workshops.
Arts & Culture January 2013

Arts Events

Arts events compiled by Yoko Yanagimoto.
History January 2013

Helping the Enemy

A new book by a World War II veteran has shed light on a little-known postscript to the conflict in the Far East—and one that was officially denied by the UK government of the day.
Books January 2013

Book Reviews

January is traditionally a time for making new year resolutions and for setting or reviewing goals, whether personal or professional. So it is timely that this month’s books promise to help you thrive and prosper. However, they couldn’t be more different.