December 2017 ACUMEN now online

Dec. 22, 2017 | BCCJ ACUMEN

The December 2017 edition of BCCJ ACUMEN is now online! Top stories: Our 2018 crystal ball Sector chiefs predict next year's trends, hopes... and fears Building resilience in your firm Refugees provide model to overcome stress   Feeling good about the future But lack of staff is big worry Frank Lampard: Legend on the lawn Chelsea's top ... Read more

Tributes to Ian de Stains

Dec. 21, 2017 | Leaders

Former Executive Director of the BCCJ (1987-2011), Ian de Stains OBE, passed away in the early hours of Monday morning, Dec 18, 2017. At the heart of our community and UK-Japan relations for almost 40 years, Ian touched the lives of many BCCJ members, friends and colleagues. This week, messages of condolence and tribute have been arriving at ... Read more

UK looks to boost Asia trade ties

Dec. 21, 2017 | Business News

  Brexit offers opportunities for the UK to engage more with the rest of the world, Shamik Dhar of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office told BCCJ members on 28th November. Speaking at the BCCJ event “Asia and the UK: prospects in a post-Brexit era,” the FCO’s chief economist and director of economics discussed the commercial opportunities that might emerge ... Read more

Japan in the News: 16 Dec - 21 Dec

Dec. 21, 2017 | EBC News

 The latest developments in the Japan news:Work reform spells bigger profits for Japan Inc., survey findsJapan logs trade surplus for 6th straight month in NovJapan set to bank ¥40 billion per year for tourism sector with new departure taxJapan exports, imports surge on strong demand in China, USJapanese labor crunch hits service sectors the hardestJapan's materials ... Read more

Ian de Stains OBE (Dec 8 1948 - Dec 18 2017)

Dec. 18, 2017 | Leaders

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you news of the passing of Ian de Stains OBE. Executive Director of the BCCJ from 1987 to 2011, Ian was at the heart of our community and UK-Japan relations for many, many years. He passed away peacefully this morning in the presence of his partner, and sister ... Read more

Governor Koike on Achieving a Sustainable Tokyo

Dec. 15, 2017 | Business News

A Tokyo that is safe, diverse and smart is the goal of the city’s metropolitan government according to Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike, who addressed members from 15 European chambers of commerce on 22nd November.In a sell-out luncheon attended by some 300 people, including representatives from the BCCJ, Ms Koike outlined how she is working to ... Read more

Japan in the News: 9 Dec - 15 Dec

Dec. 15, 2017 | Business News

  The latest developments in the Japan news:EU, Japan conclude world’s largest free trade agreementJapan may ease key residency rule requirement for foreign entrepreneursJapan poised to lift fiscal 2018 growth outlookTax to be cut by up to 20% for firms increasing wagesBiz sentiment seen rising for 5th quarter in BOJ tankanJapan’s wholesale prices up 3.5 ... Read more

The BCCJ Welcomes MIE PROJECT Co., Ltd.

Dec. 13, 2017 | New Members

The BCCJ is Delighted to welcome MIE PROJECT Co., Ltd. as its latest Entrepreneur Member! MIE PROJECT is a leading importer and supplier of delicious, organic, natural, fair trade, and healthy food and drink products to the Japanese market. Established in 2005, the company imports about 200 products from over 20 suppliers located in Europe, North America and ... Read more

Japan whisky boom boosts British tipples

Dec. 12, 2017 | Business News

A strong Scottish contingent representing some 50 varieties of whisky drove sales and sparked interest at Japan’s 10th Whisky Festival in Tokyo on 26th November, which welcomed almost 5,000 visitors.  In addition to whisky fans, the event saw record numbers of young people, women, non-Japanese people and first-time attendees, prompting organisers to schedule the annual event ... Read more

MoU Signing Between London and Tokyo Aims to Bolster Collaborations

Dec. 12, 2017 | Embassy News

The City of London Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government which will result in closer collaboration between the financial and professional services sectors in both cities. The signing ceremony took place at the British Embassy, Tokyo. Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman, signed the MoU via a video ... Read more