November 2012


Engaging Japan’s Next Generation of Leaders

“Leadership” and “Japan”. Using these two words in the same sentence in conversation among expats often arouses a wry chuckle.

Beyond the Cotton Fields

It all began on a doorstep in India. Patrick Hohmann, on a routine business trip for his Switzerland-based textile firm, Remei AG, spoke with a spinner and asked where he obtained his cotton.
Logistics & Supply-Chain Management November 2012

Procurement: Japan’s Developing World

The role of procurement has evolved a great deal in Japan over the past 10 years, with global and regional supply administration taking precedence over local sourcing systems.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
November 2012

Books for Smiles

To build on our record of executing impactful social responsibility (SR) initiatives, the BCCJ is creating a simple yet effective multi-stakeholder programme.
November 2012

The British Chamber of Commerce (in Japan)

“In Japan”. The two words are part of the BCCJ name. However, they are two words that we often do not spend much time considering when we discuss the chamber.
Media November 2012

News in Brief

Your monthly digest of UK-Japan news.
Media November 2012

UK Search for Oldest Carina

Toyota GB plc is looking for the UK’s oldest British-built Carina E, The Daily Telegraph reported on 22 October.
Media November 2012

Branston Pickle Brand Sold

Mizkan Group Corporation has bought Branston for £92.5mn, The Daily Mail reported on 30 October.
Media November 2012

Waitrose Launches Goku

The UK supermarket chain has started selling the native Japanese giant spring onion in over 150 of its stores, Talking Retail reported on 10 October.
Interview November 2012

Access to Success

The ninth annual Access to Success—Doing Business in Kobe promotional seminar introduced the superior working and living environment of the Hyogo-Kobe area.
Media November 2012

Rare Samurai Armour to Be Sold

A full suit of female samurai armour will be auctioned in the UK, The Japan Daily Press reported on 22 October.
Creative November 2012

David Bowie and Me

Masayoshi Sukita’s 40-year collaboration with one of the music world’s most enduring and successful artists almost didn’t happen.
Publicity November 2012

Supply Chain Managed Service Enables “Predictive Visibility”

Avnet Inc.’s role in high-tech supply chains enables it to co-ordinate information from start to end.
Publicity November 2012

Goodman Japan

The logistics sector in Japan has shown solid growth in the past year.
Logistics & Supply-Chain Management November 2012

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation!

The past four years have been a challenge for most foreign firms based in Japan.
Relocation November 2012

UniGroup Worldwide UTS

Ongoing political issues between China and Japan are having a major influence on the relocation industry in Japan, according to Aki Nitta, general manager of UniGroup Worldwide UTS.
Interview November 2012

Takahisa Kashiyama

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL), OOCL Logistics Limited is one of the world’s largest integrated international container transport, logistics and terminal firms.
Award November 2012

The Next Industrial Revolution?

As an engineer at heart, Hiroshi Komiyama feels that his profession holds the key to a more sustainable and comfortable life for mankind.
Arts November 2012

Inspired Lines

A British man who had never before penned a haiku, a form of Japanese poetry, won the 2012 Japan–EU English Haiku Contest.
Books November 2012

Book Reviews

The Garden of Evening Mists and Milligan and the Samurai Rebels
Arts & Culture November 2012

Arts Events

Arts events compiled by Shoko Sekiya.
Design November 2012


British garden designer James Basson won a gold medal and the Peace and Flowers Award at the Gardening World Cup Flower Show 2012 in Japan.
Investment November 2012

Beyond the Bright Lights

It may have the bright lights, skyscrapers and 24-hour energy that accompanies a capital city, but Tokyo doesn’t have it all.
Cover Story November 2012

BCCJ 2012 British Business Awards

The annual British Business Awards continue to go from strength to strength, with a record number of nominees vying for this year’s titles.
Japanese Media November 2012

What you missed in the Japanese Press

Leisure Consumption Still Falling, Where the Dankai Money’s Flowing, Snapping Back at Whingeing Clients, Geek Market Still Growing
Simon Farrell Publisher
November 2012

Only Winners at the BBA

Best wishes from BCCJ ACUMEN to the winners and organisers of the fifth annual British Business Awards (BBA) on 2 November at the Conrad Tokyo. We postponed printing ACUMEN to cover this special event, which is splashed over seven pages of this issue.
Sport November 2012

Japan Scottish Highland Games

The Kanda University of International Studies hosted the 30th Japan Scottish Highland Games in early October to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage.
Survey November 2012

Business Survey

Conducted on 16–26 October, this year’s autumn Foreign Chambers in Japan Business Confidence Survey drew 327 valid responses from members of business organisations and 17 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan.