September 2013

Graham Davis
September 2013

are we at the bccj doing enough?

Priority in organising BCCJ events is given to the interests of the audience—which means you.

Welcome back, myanmar!

A group of McGill MBA students visited this fascinating country in summer, and were immediately struck by the people’s kindness and gentle nature, and the potential that the country possesses.

What REALLY Makes International Schools Special?

During my more than 30 years of working in international schools, I have found that most students, including American teenagers, are closer to their families because of frequent moves…or the frequent moves of their friends.

impact of the 2020 tokyo olympics

There is hope that, by restoring the pre-quake image of Japan with the upcoming Games, the positive trends previously seen in the moving industry will also be restored.
Cover Story September 2013

Motors Without Borders

Caterham Cars was set to unveil a new addition to its line-up at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 10 September.
Media September 2013

Young Scientists of the Future

Students and teachers from the Tohoku area visited the UK this summer for the Young Scientist Workshop Programme, the British Embassy Tokyo reported on 19 August.
Media September 2013

Particle Physics Inspires Exhibition

The Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory in Gifu Prefecture has inspired an art installation on particle physics in a historic London ice well.
Media September 2013

Kids Clothing Range Hits Stores

Uniqlo has launched its children’s clothing collection in the brand’s 10 stores across the UK.
Media September 2013

Automaker to Extend Sunderland Plant

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has sought permission to expand its plant in the north-east of England.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
September 2013

A Meaningful Contribution

We are delighted to report that, after a summer of book drives organised by BCCJ member firms, our Books For Smiles (BFS) social responsibility initiative has now raised a total of ¥1,611,942!
Trade September 2013

ELectronics mission a model for b2b cooperation

It all began in July 2011. An invitation was extended by the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry asking that four or five firms visit in January 2012 to showcase advanced UK technology.
Simon Farrell Publisher
September 2013

BBA: You Judge the Judges

In case you needed more reasons to nominate a candidate for one of the six BBA awards, or attend one of the foreign community’s most prestigious events of the year, here is a list of the diverse and expert luminaries who will serve as judges.
September 2013

Food, Glorious Food

Anyone who has spent any time in the UK over the last 20 years will acknowledge a revolution in British food.
Music September 2013

Quality key to guitars of note

Josh Parkin Guitars (JPG) is a good example of what you can do if you have a honed skill—and the wherewithal to get on an aeroplane, leave your native country, and set up a small, but highly specialised business in a distant land.
Media September 2013

News in Brief

Your monthly digest of UK-Japan news
Embassy September 2013

People over Profit

Addressing an audience drawn from the spectrum of UK firms in Japan at a British Embassy Tokyo event in April, Inamori stressed the importance of the mentality of a firm’s employees and its corporate culture.
Japanese Media September 2013

What You Missed in the Japanese Press

Brand Loyalty: The Best Products and Services; Discount Drugstores Target Thrifty Shoppers; "Photo Antics Harmful, but not Illegal"
Language September 2013

Mind Your Manners

The use of honorifics in Japanese, the firm grasp among native speakers of what is being conveyed with the slightest inflection, the respectful bow, and a myriad of other signs, both spoken and unspoken, make this country arguably the most polite in the world.
If You Ask Me September 2013

Europe: In or Out?

Anyone who has followed the history of Anglo-Japanese relations over the past three decades should be aware of the importance of Japan’s investments in the UK.
Interview September 2013

Basil le roux

We have to learn about the local culture, as well as challenge the status quo where appropriate. We are an international business with offices in 34 countries. Localising what we do while maintaining our values and culture is particularly important.
Interview September 2013

Philippe Fauchet

Throughout our long history, GlaxoSmithKline K.K. (GSK Japan) has contributed to the health and quality of life of the Japanese people with an extensive list of products and services.
Interview September 2013

Vishal Sinha

British Airways [BA] has a long-standing history in Japan; in fact, 2013 marks our 65th anniversary of flights to Tokyo.
Industry September 2013

End of Brainteaser Interviews

Google Inc. recently announced it would stop using the firm’s famous brainteaser interview questions as part of the interview process. According to Google, the questions were “a waste of time”, and I tend to agree.
Industry September 2013

View from Within

Given the current economic environment, finance leaders and their teams are playing a vital role in business.
Industry September 2013

Employee Mobility and Talent Management

The management of talent and mobility have been popular topics of discussion in the relocation industry for almost a decade. Employee mobility is on the rise, with an estimated 214mn people now living outside their country of citizenship.
Arts & Culture September 2013


UK events in Japan, compiled by Yoko Yanagimoto.
Industry September 2013

Killing the Ums and Ahs

Rambling, mumbling, zero focus on the audience, no power of persuasion, and “I Am the Brand” suicide continue to stunt careers.
Health September 2013

Should I Be Worried about My Cholesterol?

If and when we find out our cholesterol is high during a company physical, most of us have three questions: “Is it really that high?”, “Why is it high?” and—as the character Pete in the comedy This is 40 might ask—“Does this mean my heart is going to explode?”
Anniversary September 2013

Japan400: Sex, History, Art, Music

Events to commemorate 400 years of strong diplomatic, trade and cultural ties between Japan and Britain are continuing in the latter half of the year with exhibits, educational workshops, cultural days and symposiums at venues in both nations.
Books September 2013

Book Reviews

Sexy Little Numbers; The Tomb in the Kyoto Hills