October 2012


Growing Solutions in Tohoku

Aragon St-Charles could hardly believe his eyes on seeing the TV images of the 11 March 2011 tsunami. It swept across the landscape of north-east Japan and explosions rocked the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Later, there were images of farmers gazing at land rendered useless either by the tsunami’s salt-laden toxic cocktail, or radioactive fallout.

Reward Staff to Motivate Them

Visionary leaders are always looking for ways to unlock the potential of their workers. Yet many seem to miss the one approach that spurs people on in most cases—purpose-based recognition.

Stressed Out in Japan

Have you ever stood on a railway platform and wondered why trains are sometimes delayed in Tokyo?
Simon Farrell Publisher
October 2012

It's a War Out There

For news, features and chat there’s nothing quite like Japan Today, although there’s often more of the latter than I need. This lively and popular website also carries what Chris Betros, the editor, considers to be the best of BCCJ ACUMEN.
Media October 2012

Anti-terror Bins Display Quake Info

Tokyo will get British blast-resistant recycling bins fitted with real-time information screens, the London Press Service reported on 24 September.
Media October 2012

Tokyo Artist at V&A Museum

The London Design Festival 2012 featured an installation by a Japanese designer as its main exhibit, The Guardian reported on 14 September.
Media October 2012

News in Brief

Your monthly digest of UK-Japan news.
October 2012

And the Winner is … Great Britain!

What a year 2012 has been for the UK: the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the record-breaking and, in my opinion, best ever Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the event everything has been leading up to ... the British Business Awards (BBA).
Media October 2012

Jeans Brand Opens Setagaya Store

Denim brand Lee Cooper has opened its first shop in Japan, according to a press release issued on 22 September.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
October 2012

Moving Forward

I’m delighted to report that in August, after 18 happy years in Iidabashi’s Eigo Centre Building, the BCCJ office moved to a more convenient central Tokyo location: Mori Building Co., Ltd’s ARK Hills complex in Tameike-sanno.
Cover Story October 2012

The Madness of a Ban

Coming from herds of Aberdeen Angus, Belted Galloways, South Devons and Welsh Blacks, British beef is recognised as among the finest in the world.
CSR October 2012

"Carnival" Raises Millions for Children with Cancer

Shine On! Kids (Tyler Foundation) held it’s seventh annual fundraiser on 28 September at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.
Drinks October 2012

Paid to Party

It took Alessandro Palazzi three weeks to perfect the Fleming 89, but the author after whom it is named would surely have approved.
Wine October 2012

Changing Tastes

There is nothing quite like a perfectly chilled white wine to soothe one during the heat of summer in Japan. Kept cool and ready to be served—be it a picnic or a barbecue, at the beach or on an urban balcony—an elegant white will always hit the spot.
Design October 2012

Branching Out

Takashi Kobayashi had always felt smothered by Japanese society but had no idea how to escape from its embrace. Walking through the Tokyo suburb of Harajuku one day, he saw a shop sign depicting a tree growing out of a rock face and, perched in the branches, a tree house.
CSR October 2012

Volunteers for the Vulnerable

When the Great East Japan Earthquake struck the north-east of the country with such devastating power last year, Yoshihiro Hara had no idea how he might be able to help—but he knew he had to do something.
Japanese Media October 2012

What You Missed in the Japanese Press

Bosses Forced to Coddle Costly Quitters, What's So Bad about North Kanto?, Snazzy Stations Push up Property Values, Latest Top 10 Hotel Ratings Reveal Surprises
Design October 2012

With Dignity and Function

A British architectural firm played a key role in the interior renovation of one of Tokyo’s most important and historical landmarks.
Travel October 2012

Joining Forces

In exciting news for travellers, British Airways (BA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) have established a joint business agreement on certain flights between Europe and Japan.
Hospitality October 2012

Home from Home

Despite the economic fallout from the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, the serviced apartment market in Tokyo is stable and the industry is doing very well.
Industry October 2012

Let's Meet in Yokohama!

For a broad selection of meeting and banquet rooms, look no further than the Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers. Part of the larger Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., the hotel is proud of its newly refurbished venues that can accommodate from small meetings to formal dining events and large international conferences.
Travel October 2012


Founded in 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the oldest airline still flying under its original name. Operating safe and comfortable flights in Japan for 61 years, KLM is the only airline that has direct daily links between Narita and Kansai airports and Amsterdam.
Arts & Culture October 2012

Arts Events

Arts events compiled by Shoko Sekiya.
Industry October 2012

A love of All Things British … Except the Food

It is to be hoped that Japan might, finally, start to overcome the general disdain for British cooking. The success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the vast positive exposure the UK has received this year surely cannot have been for naught.
Food October 2012

Marmite and Natto

When Kimiko Osada first arrived in Britain in 1972, Japanese food was not only unobtainable, it was almost completely unknown. In the intervening four decades, she has become Kimiko Barber, published six books on Japanese cuisine and made it her mission to encourage Britons to cook Japanese food at home. She firmly believes that good, healthy eating starts at home.
Books October 2012

Searching for My Sons

The last time the Scottish author saw his two sons was in 2003—when Satomi was six and Makoto was just four. His latest book tells of the minutes leading up to the realisation that his Japanese wife, Tomoko, had abducted them and fled their home in rural Fife for a suburb of Osaka.
Culture October 2012

British Performing Arts Festival 2012

The UK and Japan share a love of the theatre that, in both countries, has a long history and plays an important role in the lives of their people.
Books October 2012

Book Reviews

The British and Irish Short Story Handbook and The Light Between Oceans
Farewell October 2012


Ambassador Sir David Warren KCMG, who will soon retire from the diplomatic service after four years in Japan, spoke to BCCJ ACUMEN Publisher Simon Farrell.