The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Make it in Japan
Five challenges for non-Japanese entrepreneurs
Don’t stop the music
Guy Perryman’s star-studded career
As nature intends
Berkshire designer’s strong business ethic
Local demand for craftsmen boosts creative Briton
Sweet on British puddings
Baker and author brings a taste of her former home back to Japan
Sausage supply chain
How one Briton got over the red tape
Student becomes master
Welsh washi-maker invigorates traditional Japanese industry
Scots custodian of history sets up in Tokyo
Award-winning outdoor living designer produces elegant energy saving solutions for home and office balconies.
Life in the Slow Lane
It’s a long way from the bright lights of Tokyo, but the Britons who are making their mark on the business community in Japan’s most southerly prefecture are adamant that they would not swap their beaches, balmy air and bougainvillea for all the neon in Shibuya.
SECRETS OF A SERIAL PUB OWNER
The secret of a great bar or restaurant—to which people want to return time and time again—according to John Watkins, is creating a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, providing a wide selection of reasonably priced food and drinks, and leaving the music selection to the younger members of staff.
“Not Grim up North”
When Nick Bonner arrived in Beijing in 1993 to study and teach landscape architecture, he had no idea that before the year was out he would have laid the foundations for what are today the most successful travel and cultural exchange organisations operating in the world’s most isolated nation.
When Small Is Big
For a compact car, the Mini has acquired a very large following. Nowhere is that more so than in another nation that values the aesthetic worth of the compact and intricate over the big and bulky.
Whether they are enjoying a quiet drink after work or staging their long-planned wedding ceremony, Japanese people want a sense of place and authenticity in their venue. That’s where Sue Anamizu comes in.
The quaint image of a lavender-lined path and pink roses trained around the door of a thatched cottage is one that many Japanese bring back from a visit to the UK. And despite Japan’s own considerable gardening heritage, some want to recreate their very own English garden here.
Health Food for Dogs
As one of Britain’s top police dog handlers, Geoff Bowers was accustomed to putting the 500 animals in his charge through their paces. These days, he is happy to admit that a run with his small number of pet dogs leaves him exhausted. The reason: they are fed a diet comprising completely raw and natural ingredients — a food more than a decade in the making without the additives, grains and cereals found in conventional dog food.
Officially, the unprepossessing split-level restaurant beneath the railway tracks close to Yurakucho Station is known as Shin Hinomoto. More commonly, among regulars and people who have heard legends of the place, it is Andy’s izakaya.
Social Enterprise Symposium
The social enterprise movement, in which the UK is considered a pioneer, encourages positive social change and inclusion, and supports civil society.