The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Green fingers grow trade and tourism
Japan digs English gardens as UK science, skills and gear cultivate exports and bilateral ties.
BCCJ 2014 British Business Awards
The 7th annual BBA celebrated the excellence of UK-Japan business relations, broke records and set a number of firsts.
British firms and groups provide support to not-for-profit organisation Animal Refuge Kansai for the construction of a new pet sanctuary in Hyogo Prefecture.
UK-Japan youth programme uses science and engineering as a cultural bridge for international understanding.
ACUMEN at fifty
The BCCJ magazine celebrates its history of providing insight into UK-Japan business, culture and lifestyle with this landmark issue.
As safe as houses?
The property market is entering a positive new cycle: banks are lending again, and sellers are making optimistic moves.
As we mark the third anniversary of the disaster, it is clear that Britons have had a huge impact on recovery and reconstruction in the Tohoku region.
Japan: Business as Usual
Michael Woodford MBE, formerly of Olympus Corporation, gives an exclusive interview on life after whistleblowing.
defend, detect, destroy
Visits by the Duke of York and Sir John Scarlett of MI6 highlight enhanced UK-Japan cooperation in the defence industry.
BCCJ 2013 British Business Awards
The record 62 nominees for this year's awards is a testament to the strength of British businesses in Japan.
Strength to Strength
Sixty-five years of diversity, charity and business make the BCCJ better than ever.
Motors Without Borders
Caterham Cars was set to unveil a new addition to its line-up at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 10 September.
Healthcare: Prevent and Detect
The first health policy white paper to be jointly compiled by the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) has made numerous recommendations—156 across 36 topic sections—on improvements in healthcare here.
Driving the New Dragon Economy
Japanese corporations hold Welsh engineering and technological prowess in high esteem, while consumers in Japan are keen on the high-end, niche products that are increasingly emerging from Welsh firms.
Women in Business Summit
The Seneca Falls Convention, held in New York in 1848, was the first conference in the Western world to be organised by women. It sparked the women’s movement in the US and could even have inspired the founding of the U.S.–Japan Council (USJC) in 2009.
Making Waves in Tidal Energy
In a series of sea lochs and inlets on the western coast of Orkney, northern Scotland, there is movement in the water.
Four Centuries of Friendship
Four centuries after the first diplomatic mission from the UK set foot in Japan, the two nations are marking 400 years of trading, diplomatic, scientific and cultural relations with a series of events that celebrate the mutual regard and friendship between the two societies.
Tokyo’s Shrine to Sport
British architect Zaha Hadid CBE has won the New National Stadium International Design Competition for the construction of the New National Stadium Japan, with the selection panel praising the project for its dynamism.
Meet the New Ambassador
The UK and Japan share a curiosity and appetite for each other’s products, services and culture, says London’s recently appointed chief diplomat to its “closest partner in Asia”. He is busy promoting modern Britain’s creativity, diversity and ability to deliver.
Art in the Dark
Illuminated against the autumn sky, artists in suits jogged, sprinted and cavorted through Yokohama’s streets and parks on 3 and 4 November, as part of the contribution by British artists to the Smart Illumination Yokohama Festival 2012.
Pass the Salmon, Please!
Among the things that struck Richard Lochhead—a member of the Scottish Parliament and cabinet secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment—on his first visit to Japan, were the quality and presentation of food, as well as the passion that Japanese people have for what they eat.
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.
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.
Flying the Flag for Fashion
The unmistakable red, white and blue of the UK’s Union Jack flag has become de rigueur in Japanese fashion circles, usurping the Stars and Stripes of the US as the design in which to be seen.
British Music—Then, Now and Beyond
In an ideal setting, high up among gentle streams and in a wooded valley, about 140,000 music lovers at the Fuji Rock Festival 2012 on 27–29 July enjoyed dozens of acts, among them 1970s and 1980s classics sung by Elvis Costello, Ray Davies and The Specials.
Let the Games Begin
For the third time, London is counting down the days until it stages the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games and hosts the biggest event on the global sporting calendar. And while all eyes are likely to be on the competitors going for gold, the impact of the XXX Olympiad on business will go far beyond what happens on the field of play.
Maya Nakanishi has never let anything get in her way. One of the top-ranked soft tennis players when she was a student in Oita Prefecture, she lost her right leg in an industrial accident at the age of 21—and her first emotion after the operation was “annoyance” at not being able to get out of bed immediately.
Return Trip to Tower Bridge
As she carefully lays out all the food, clothing and paraphernalia required to take on the next leg of this two-and-a-half-year odyssey—the 4,500 nautical-mile crossing of the North Pacific in a 7-metre boat called Gulliver—she makes her confession.
Oldest Rocker in Town
As they stomp noisily into their fifth decade of making punk rock music, the U.K. Subs are also doing their part to assist the people of north-east Japan affected by last year’s disasters with the first date of their nationwide tour being staged in Sendai.
Lord of the Rings
Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games organising committee, offered Tokyo some advice on how to bid successfully for the 2020 event: focus on the why, not the how. Coe’s moving 2005 speech, about how the Olympics inspired his own sporting career, is often credited for tipping the balance in favour of the UK capital’s bid to host the games.