November 2011

Simon Farrell Publisher
Leaders November 2011

Diamond in the Rough

It’s refreshing to see success amid the gloom—and politicians getting it right. Cynics rolled their eyes when the government announced a major initiative last year to create a “Silicon Valley” in a gloomy part of London more traditionally known for poverty and a working-class soap opera than shiny offices and innovation.
Leaders November 2011

Congratulations and Thanks!

The event marking the fourth British Business Awards was held in fine style at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo on 4 November. The much-anticipated annual occasion was a celebration of all that is great in the Japan–UK relationship for organisations operating here.
Publicity November 2011

"What we Learn with Pleasure we Never Forget" — Alfred Mercier

At the British School in Tokyo (BST), we pride ourselves on ensuring that our students leave us as well-rounded individuals, fully equipped for the challenges of the future in this fast-changing world. Academic success is one way in which we prepare our students and I am hugely proud of our GCSE and AS results this year.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders November 2011

Recovery Update: Helping fishermen, farmers and traders to market goods for the community

For the past five months, the BCCJ’s work in Tohoku has been driven by a simple mantra: we are supporting a recovery, not a disaster area. The time for donations—food, clothing, water, blankets—has long passed. Since June, all BCCJ cash donations have been spent on the provision of enabling resources to support local, stakeholder-led projects that have the potential for development, growth and sustainability.
Interview November 2011

LORD GREEN Minister of State for Trade and Investment

Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, appointed minister of state for trade and investment in January, has been a frequent visitor to Japan for many years. He was last here in late October for a series of meetings, including ones with Yukio Edano, his new counterpart at the Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry.
Publicity November 2011

Australia Still Welcomes Japanese Investment into Increasingly Crowded Resources Sector

New investors in Australia’s resource assets are often in the news nowadays, but the headlines often overlook the long history of successful Japanese investment in the country and the Japanese have not been forgotten.
Business Risk November 2011

Fishing for Fraud in the Supply Line

While the triple disaster in March this year severely threatened—and even crippled—some supply chains in Japan, it is all too often that international firms remain unaware of a greater and more consistent threat to their supply chains, namely, fraud.
Publicity November 2011

From Japan to the World

OOIL (Orient Overseas International Limited) is one of the largest integrated global container transportation, logistics and terminal firms. With a strong presence in Japan for many years serving brands such as Toyota, Canon and other well-known global firms, our huge network covers not just Asia, but also Europe, North America and Australia where our clients include Laura Ashley, Walt Disney World and Wal-Mart.
Environment November 2011

When “Cure” is Worse than Disease

Fears concerning radioactivity released from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant since the 11 March triple disasters have been blown out of all proportion, according to a leading British professor of physics. He has also said that ordering thousands of people to evacuate their communities will cause far more serious physical and mental damage to local residents than might result from leaks of the plant’s radioactive matter.
Technology November 2011

London’s Silicon Valley

Tech City is a cluster of technology, digital and creative firms that have congregated in the Shoreditch and Old Street districts of east London. They aim to attract more like-minded businesses—including Japanese firms that are looking to enter, or expand their presence in, the UK and Continental European markets.
Industry November 2011

Changing Landscape of SCM Recruitment

As competitive pressures increase and supply chains become increasingly global and complex, efficient and proactive supply-chain management has been transformed from an operations and back-office concern to a factor critical to business success. Throughout 2011, the logistics industry in Japan has been impacted by the continued emergence of the Asian region as a key growth area, as well as the disasters that occurred earlier in the year.
Industry November 2011

Minimising Operating Risk

Over the past 10 years, open account trading has become the standard approach taken by exporters wishing to maintain a competitive position vis-à-vis importers. Moreover, since this form of trading—which helps firms better manage their cash flow while also providing credit protection—now accounts for more than 85% of cross-border trade transactions, the letter of credit has become a niche product.
Exhibition November 2011

World-Famous Wax Figures

Odaiba Decks is currently hosting an exhibition of 20 astonishingly lifelike, full-scale wax replicas of famous people on loan from the world-famous Madame Tussauds collection.
Training November 2011

Bird Man v Bureaucrats

Gary Dyer has a chance encounter with one of Japan’s leading botanists to thank for his current job as a birdkeeper at Kobe Kachoen, a popular bird and flower park located on the city’s Port Island.
Creative November 2011

Gardening World Cup

British designers performed well at the Gardening World Cup in October, staged at the Huis Ten Bosch park, near Nagasaki, but were unable to repeat the victory of England’s Andy Sturgeon Best in Show in last year’s inaugural event.
Cuisine November 2011

Smell of Success

If you had no idea what Anthony Flenley did for a living, you would probably be able to sniff out his core business within seconds of entering his premises, located a stone’s throw from Osaka Dome.
Arts & Culture November 2011

Gongs for Actor, Sculptor

Dame Judi Dench and Anish Kapoor accepted Praemium Imperiale awards in Tokyo on October 19, becoming the latest in a long list of Britons to receive the prestigious honour.
Media November 2011

Sheep Star in Fashion Show

A fashion show for sheep was held at the British Embassy Tokyo to promote eco-friendly wool, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported on 4 October. TV Asahi was included among some 20 media outlets that featured the event titled, Campaign for Wool Reception—Field Day in Japan.
Media November 2011

Murakami Gets Harry Potter Treatment

London bookshops had opened their doors at midnight to sell Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, newspapers around the world reported on 17 October. 1Q84 was released in Japanese two years ago, when its first print run sold out in just one day. The book is now one of the Amazon top 20 titles.
Media November 2011

Luxury Car Imports Defy Downturn

Despite sputtering auto sales in Japan, the super high end of the market, pitching dream cars such as Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces, has continued to run full throttle here, the Mainichi Shimbun reported on 12 October.
Media November 2011

Beckii Debuts in UK with Single

After conquering Japan, Manx Radio reported on 20 October that teenage pop sensation Beckii Cruel was set to release her first UK single the following week. The alter ego of schoolgirl Rebecca Flint from the village of Laxey, on the Isle of Mann, shot to fame by posting videos of herself dancing to Japanese anime songs on YouTube.
Media November 2011

Tokyo Troupe to Join Shakespeare Festival

The Ninagawa Company will join artists from more than 50 arts organisations around the world and take part in the UK’s World Shakespeare Festival (WSF), according to a 1 October press release.
Media November 2011

News in Brief

Your monthly digest of UK-Japan news.
Translation November 2011

『BCCJ ACUMEN』Volume 2 / Issue 11のまとめ

Cover Story November 2011

BRITISH BUSINESS AWARDS 2011

The fourth British Business Awards (BBA) attracted a record number of entrants across the five categories, with the glittering presentation ceremony on 4 November that raised about ¥3.2mn to support business regeneration and capacity-building in Tohoku.
Books November 2011

Book Reviews

This month: Case Studies in Japanese Management, Dealing with Disaster in Japan – Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash, and Japanese Fashion Designers – The Work and Influence of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo