The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Power of the pen
The rise of content marketing
Value to be found in Japan
The corporate sector offers investment opportunities.
Hopes for rise in Condo Prices
Overseas investors consider Tokyo to be one of the best locations for capital gains.
Unlocking Silos and building Bridges
This year has seen a strong demand for talent in indirect procurement and S&OP.
Pass the cheese, please
Quality artisan cheeses from the UK are making inroads in the domestic market.
Experiences, not attractions
Flexibility in both service and process is the key to success in the diverse international tourism market.
Time for a cuppa
UK firm Pukka Herbs has found success in the Japan market with its original brand of "tea cocktails".
Anti-bribery and corruption considerations in M&A
Companies considering deals usually perform due diligence on operational, financial, tax and legal aspects.
Abenomics has created new opportunities for premium British cars but barriers to sales still remain.
Compliance-related risks in M&A deals
Conducting a review of a target’s business at the due diligence stage is crucial.
Government-business relations should be an essential element of any business strategy in Japan.
Connect and Engage
Content marketing is considered a very important method for reaching your target social community.
A British Education for Tomorrow’s World
Students today need to be balanced, resilient, inquisitive, thoughtful, independent, self-assured and honest.
New Rules for Overseas Property
A new reporting system became effective in 2013, with the first reporting deadline 17 March 2014.
Changing Landscape of Supply Chain Recruitment
Efficient and proactive supply chain management is a critical factor in business success.
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.
View from Within
Given the current economic environment, finance leaders and their teams are playing a vital role in business.
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.
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.
Use of Third Party Intermediaries
According to the 12th Global Fraud Survey, released by Ernst & Young in June 2012, 39% of respondents reported that bribery or corrupt practices occur frequently in their countries.
How Research Reflects Decision-making
One of the most intriguing things about the market research industry in Japan is just how small it is, compared with that in other advanced economies.
New Tax Rate: What It Means
The Japanese government is taking aggressive steps to reform both social security and the taxation system. The goal is to stabilise public finance and produce a sustainable system of social security.
IT: the Future Is Bright
The technology sector in Japan has experienced significant growth over the past 18 months. Further, there has been an increased demand for information technology professionals across start-ups, as well as small and large multinational businesses.
The Tenant Representative Advantage
Location, location, location. We all know the importance of suitable space to conduct business. Unfortunately, few firms have the experience in acquiring commercial property to effectively serve this need when it arises.
Strategy Isn’t the Issue
I recently attended a highly interactive corporate planning and strategy event in Tokyo, together with many prominent local chief executive officers from global players.
Compliance: Avoiding Traps for the Unwary
Almost all public firms mention their commitment to compliance on their websites and publicity materials. Such pronouncements are important, but they are nothing more than empty words unless they are backed by action.
Anti-bribery and Corruption Law: Renewed Intent
Firms operating globally should take note. Revised guidance from both the US and UK authorities together with strong statements of renewed intent signal that enforcement actions are expected to continue to heat up in the years ahead.
British Isles, Japanese Islands
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the establishment of trade relations between the UK and Japan.
From Novelty to Necessity
In a few short years, live streaming video has gone from being a novelty to a necessity for business.
UK Firm Pensions: Is the End Nigh?
In 2007, the world suffered the largest financial meltdown of our generation. While this was a key catalyst in today’s pension crisis, it is not the sole issue.