January 2014


Pension Pots Under Attack

The UK's new rules effectively mean you can save less for your retirement, may have to retire later and, if you save too much, you will be heavily taxed.

Eco-friendly Palm Oil Gets a Boost

Large manufacturers are starting to recognise the importance of using sustainable palm oil sources.

Feng Shui for 2014

Here are the leading predictions for this Year of the Wood Horse, including the strong presence of the Fire element.
Embassy January 2014

Passport Changes for UK Citizens

Applications and renewals should now be submitted online by visiting
Network January 2014

Making the Most of Membership

Are you and your company taking advantage of the free seats at BCCJ events for Entrepreneur, Corporate, Corporate Plus and Platinum members?
January 2014

Wider Reach, Same Values

The British Broadcasting Corporation remains committed to the core values of trust, integrity and story-telling.
January 2014

A Task for Which No One Is Qualified

The list of attributes that are required of a non-executive director (NED) is long and contradictory.
Media January 2014

Secret Pop Star

A make-up artist from the London borough of Bromley who is relatively unknown at home has risen to stardom in Japan.
Media January 2014

Record Sales to Foreign Travellers

Heathrow Airport expected record sales during the Christmas season, in large part from purchases of Scotch whisky by Japanese travellers.
Media January 2014

Saitama Champ at Brands Hatch

A rider from Saitama has signed with the Buildbase BMW Motorrad team for the 2014 British Superbike Championship.
Arts January 2014


UK arts events in Japan
Media January 2014

news in brief

Your monthly digest of UK-Japan news
Books January 2014

Book reviews

The Road to Recovery; Three-Dimensional Reading
Japanese Media January 2014

what you missed in the japanese press

Car Dealers Host English Lessons; Debate on Lower Adult Age; Baby Boomers Seen as Top Marketing Target; 2013 Product Ranks
If You Ask Me January 2014

From Prisoner to President

I have always felt that, if I could have met one person in my life, it would have been Nelson Mandela.
Industry January 2014

A British Education for Tomorrow’s World

Students today need to be balanced, resilient, inquisitive, thoughtful, independent, self-assured and honest.
Health January 2014

Can Depression Be Treated with Acupuncture?

A recent study suggests acupuncture may have a positive effect on those suffering from depression.
Sir Tim Hitchens CMG LVO
January 2014

2014 New Year Message

Trade, investment, research and development—these are the ways in which the UK and Japan can have sustainable growth going forward.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
January 2014

Alive and Kicking

Currently just over 9% of our corporate members are Japanese—the highest percentage in our 65-year history.
BCCJ Event January 2014

Diversity Beyond Gender: LGBT

Firms that consider the LGBT community in their initiatives stand to gain in terms of human capital and market potential.
Anniversary January 2014

Japan400 helped business, human ties

A prime aim of Japan400 was achieving historical resonance, in terms of both people and places, and strengthening the UK–Japan partnership.
Cover Story January 2014

Japan: Business as Usual

Michael Woodford MBE, formerly of Olympus Corporation, gives an exclusive interview on life after whistleblowing.
Training January 2014

Preparing for “the Next Big One”

The UK embassy has been arranging a series of how-to events at disaster education centres around Japan.
Music January 2014

Ching, Ching!

The use of music as a tourism hook, to attract visitors to Britain, has not yet been fully exploited.
Tax January 2014

Rate Hike Needs Careful Planning

As complexity of the tax system increases, firms will need to review their business processes to deal with the changes.
Simon Farrell Publisher
January 2014

Great Year for Great Causes

We are proud to have won the award for “Best Charity & Fund Raising Cookbook–Asia”, for producing Flavours Without Borders.
Publicity January 2014

YIS: A Truly International Learning Community

The close sense of community that exists at YIS is something that is frequently highlighted.
Publicity January 2014

The British School in Tokyo Celebrates 25 years

Sport, music and drama are woven into the fabric of BST, and both community service and adventurous activity are real strengths.
January 2014

Galloping Ahead

I hope everyone is ready for the challenges ahead during the Year of the Horse—which is apparently going to be a powerful yet relaxed year.