Japan's Child Poverty Rate Down, but under OECD Average

June 28, 2017

Asahi Shimbun reports: Japan’s child poverty rate improved for the first time in 12 years, but around half of single-parent households still live in destitution, welfare ministry data released on June 27 showed. Higher average incomes helped to push down the child poverty rate from a record-high 16.3 percent in 2012 to 13.9 percent in ... Read more

More Seniors Caring for the Elderly in Japan

June 28, 2017

NHK World reports: A Japanese government survey shows that around a third of people receiving nursing care at home are aged 75 or older and cared for by family members in the same age group.The welfare ministry conducted the survey on home nursing care and other matters last June. About 6,800 people across the country responded ... Read more

2017 Tokyo Rainbow Pride Breaks Records

May 11, 2017

Over six thousand people paraded through Shibuya and Yoyogi Park on May 6th and 7th 2017 to celebrate the biggest ever LGBT pride event in Tokyo and to express their support for gender equality and diversity. This year’s theme was 'Change', and called for a future in Japan in which all individuals are respected, irrespective of their ... Read more

Princess Kako to Study at University of Leeds

April 25, 2017

The Mainichi Shimbun reports: Princess Kako, the second daughter of Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino, will travel to the United Kingdom to study at the University of Leeds from September to June next year, the Imperial Household Agency has announced. The 22-year-old princess, a third-year student at International Christian University (ICU), applied for an overseas exchange ... Read more

Inclusive Education Academy: Changing Perspectives on Disability

March 27, 2017

Since April 2012, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan has been running a D&I programme designed to promote greater understanding of, and develop support mechanisms for, the growth of diverse groups in the workplace in Japan, including: Women People with Disabilities LGBTQ community Generation Y/Millennials We believe diversity to be vital for the future growth ... Read more

Mums in Business Tokyo: Shining the Spotlight on Japan

Feb. 14, 2017

Japan has one of the worst gender equality rates in the world, ranking 111 out of 136 countries in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2016 and received harsh evaluation in the economic participation and opportunity and political empowerment categories.  Leo Lewis of the Financial Times has said that women are Japan’s squandered asset ... Read more

Insights into Japanese Traditions: Setsubun (Feb 3)

Feb. 2, 2017

Setsubun (literally "seasonal division") refers to the festival celebrated annually in Japan on February 3rd or 4th (in 2017 on the 3rd), marking the day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. It refers in particular to the first solar term (risshun) of the calendar; the day when the sun is exactly at the ... Read more

UK Arts in Japan: David Bowie is

Jan. 11, 2017

DAVID BOWIE is, is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of the singer, songwriter, and actor David Bowie, who died in January 2016. He is recognised asone of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times.  Over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the ... Read more

Wishing all BCCJ Members and Friends a Successful 2017!

Dec. 15, 2016

The BCCJ team and executive committee would like to wish all members and friends a peaceful end to 2016 and inspiration and success for 2017! We very much look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming events. Make the most of the diverse range of networking and learning opportunities offered by the BCCJ events programme. From top CEO ... Read more

Volunteer Recruitment for 2020 Olympics to Start in 2017

Dec. 14, 2016

Tokyo Time Out reports: Preparations for the big show in 2020 are slowly but surely being ramped up, with the ground finally broken at the old National Stadium site last week. One of the more pertinent things to arrange before the actual games kick off is a full-scale army of volunteers, so to make sure they don't ... Read more