Custom Media Partners with Tokyo Shintora Matsuri

17th October 2016

Custom Media is proud to announce that it has been selected as PR partner of the Tokyo Shintora Matsuri, which will take place in November. The event promises to be a fantastic celebration of all that Japan has to offer, and in a central Tokyo location, too.

Development of the Shimbashi/Toranomon area is growing ever more rapidly, and it is a new international urban center. The Tokyo Shintora Matsuri will be the first major event to utilize the space created with the opening of Shintora Avenue between Tokyo’s Shimbashi and Toranomon.

FREE tickets available from Custom Media!
To apply, send your full name, postal address and requested number of tickets to: parade@custom-media.com

With the themes of “Tohoku x Tokyo” and “Tradition x Innovation”, the Tokyo Shintora Matsuri is a declaration of the attractions of Japanese culture and the recovery of the Tohoku region from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

These themes will be introduced through parades, food, traditional arts, festival ornaments, gaming, anime and music from Tokyo and Tohoku.

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Tohoku Rokkon Festival Parade

The matsuri will also feature the 80-minute Tohoku Rokkon Festival Parade, which symbolizes the renaissance of the Tohoku region through cultural entertainment from Aomori, Akita, Morioka, Yamagata, Sendai and Fukushima.

Sunday, 20 November, 2016
Parade starts 10:15am
For more details visit www.shintora.tokyo

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Housing Japan magazine out now

19th April 2016

Housing-JapanHousing Japan is the leading international real estate broker in Tokyo, specializing in the sale and rent of high-end property in central Tokyo as well as luxury homes and resorts in select locations around Japan. Custom Media partnered with Housing Japan to produce this year’s Spring edition for high-net-worth foreign buyers, investors, and expats.

The Housing Japan magazine showcases the best of Tokyo living by introducing the city’s lifestyles, fine accommodation, art, business, and travel.

Read Housing Japan here.

Lufthansa appoints Custom Media in Japan

LufthansaAward-winning creative agency Custom Media K.K. will manage all social media in Japan for Lufthansa German Airlines, which is part of the Cologne-based group that operates the biggest fleet and carries more passengers than any other airline in Europe.

Tokyo-based bilingual content-creator Custom Media will manage the popular Facebook account of Lufthansa Japan until December 2016, producing weekly content in Japanese.

Renowned for diversity and innovation, Custom Media will also support Lufthansa’s advertising and promotional campaigns in Japan and provide other services as required.

Custom Media President Robert Heldt said: “Lufthansa is a premier global brand. Custom Media is very proud to be the airline’s social media marketing partner in Japan. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to solidify and extend Lufthansa’s strong brand presence with users of its services in Japanese.”

Custom Media is exclusive publisher of monthly magazines and media partner for the American (ACCJ) and British (BCCJ) chambers of commerce in Japan, and producer of BIJ TV, the first and only bilingual online video channel about Business in Japan.

Custom Media’s recent awards include BCCJ Company of the Year and Publisher Simon Farrell’s honour presented by HIH Princess Akiko of Misaka for “significant work in the field of Japanese-British relations.”

Tokyo American Club appoints new advertising partner

10th March 2016

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Custom Media is delighted to announce a new partnership with Tokyo American Club to manage all advertising for the private membership club’s website, newsletter and iNTOUCH magazine from May 1, 2016.

With a circulation of 5,300, iNTOUCH is distributed monthly to all Club members, as well as premier residences in Tokyo and first-class lounges at Narita International Airport.

With nearly 3,900 members, drawn from 50-plus nations, the Club offers a diverse range of cultural, business and recreational activities and amenities in the heart of the Japanese capital.

Award-winning Custom Media is Tokyo’s leading producer of bilingual magazines, videos, websites, communications and social media. President Robert Heldt said:“In this very competitive market, advertising is key for any organization to enter or expand here. We are very proud that Tokyo American Club has recognized us as the best local partner to help preserve and promote their valuable brand.”

Tokyo American Club Communications Director Shane Busato said: “By having Custom Media take charge of the Club’s advertising business, we will be able to focus our energy and resources on creating even better magazine and website experiences for more Club Members,”

Custom Media Publisher Simon Farrell said: “Tokyo American Club and Custom Media are two great brands that have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship. This new partnership further strengthens our ties, and we are honored to be chosen from among stiff opposition to help the Club reach some of Japan’s most discerning residents and organizations.”

Tokyo American Club members enjoy access to world-class recreation facilities, including a rooftop pool, bowling alley, golf simulators, full-size gym, library, childcare center and spa, as well as a host of fitness, cultural and educational programs for all ages.

Besides being home to five restaurants, a bar and a seasonal café, the eight-story facility features seven overnight Guest Studios and superlative meeting, party and conference facilities.

Tokyo American Club was described by private club consultants the McMahon Group as “light years ahead of its U.S. counterparts” and “[as] quite possibly the finest private club facility in the world.”

Custom Media is exclusive publisher of monthly magazines and media partner for the American (ACCJ) and British (BCCJ) chambers of commerce in Japan, and producer of BIJ TV, the first and only bilingual online video channel about Business in Japan.

Custom Media’s recent awards include BCCJ Company of the Year and Publisher Simon Farrell’s honor presented by HIH Princess Akiko of Misaka for “significant work in the field of Japanese-British relations.”

 

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Advertising enquiries:

Robert Heldt
robert@custom-media.com
Tel: 03-4540-7730
www.custom-media.com

Award-winning investor joins Custom Media

7th December 2015

An award-winning Japanese IPO specialist has invested in Custom Media, a Tokyo-based mid-size digital and print media and marketing communications agency specializing in market entry and expansion for foreigners in Japan and Japanese companies abroad.

kamimuraMasashi Kamimura, aged 53, has been appointed a board member and the director of Corporate Affairs and Business Development at Custom Media.

He was recently placed on the global recruitment industry’s “Hall of Fame” for being the first individual to take two companies to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). Kamimura was awarded the industry’s highest accolade for his “unrivalled career in the recruitment industry … a real pioneer of staffing who has made an outstanding contribution to our sector … an industry icon.”

With 17 award categories, the annual Recruitment International Asia Awards was held at Tokyo American Club on November 27, 2015.

Kamimura said: “I am very pleased to help take Custom Media to the next level. We have some exciting plans and the Custom Media team is very keen and gifted, so that will help enormously.”

Custom Media President Robert Heldt said: “We have been discussing this for quite some time, so now Mr. Kamimura has joined us we are very pleased. To have someone of his pedigree on our board is quite a coup for us and we will appreciate his wisdom, experience and network as we consider our options.”

Kamimura started his career in 1985 at Recruit, Co., Ltd., which sent him to the US for seven years to publish a jobs magazine for Japanese students there. Returning to Japan as managing director of JAC Recruitment, Kamimura grew sales and profits by a staggering 40 times in three years, taking the company to a high-profile IPO in 2006.

His second IPO, on the TSE second section, came in December 2014 after he took on a crippling two-year deficit at I am Inc. in 2008 to lead a merger with Interworks in 2012.

Aichi Prefecture-born Kamimura graduated with a BA in English literature from Osaka University in 1985.

The two other partners of Custom Media are co-founders President Robert Heldt, 38, and Publisher Simon Farrell, aged 55.

Founded in 2008, Custom Media is a mid-sized print and digital design, media and marketing agency based in Azabudai, Tokyo that publishes The Journal for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and BCCJ ACUMEN, for the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Custom Media also produces BIJ.TV, the first and only online bilingual video channel on successful Business in Japan.

Custom Media investor wins industry Hall of Fame award

1st December 2015

The global recruitment industry placed a Japanese businessman on its coveted Hall of Fame for being the first individual to take two local recruitment companies to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), in a formal awards ceremony at Tokyo American Club on Friday.

recruitment awardsMasashi Kamimura, Custom Media partner and director of Corporate Affairs and Business Development, accepted the recruitment industry’s highest accolade for his “unrivalled career in the recruitment industry … a real pioneer of staffing who has made an outstanding contribution to our sector … an industry icon.”

With 17 award categories, the annual Recruitment International Asia Awards was presented by London-based Director David Head, a 30-year industry veteran.

Dozens of industry leaders arrived from Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and Europe for the Friday afternoon ceremony and several big names celebrated getting awards such as Randstad, Robert Walters and Spring Professional, as well as some smaller operators and startups.

Custom Media President Robert Heldt said: “We are very privileged to have Mr. Kamimura as our latest investor, partner and advisor. We have very exciting plans and we look forward to a bright future as our diverse team of creatives develops to serve our increasing portfolio of clients even better.”

Kamimura told guests: “It is obvious that those IPOs have not been accomplished by only me, but by the hard work of all staff members and support by clients and candidates.
Therefore, I would like to my heartful thanks to all of them.”

He added: “I want to emphasize that both profit and social contributions are vital to success in business. I am now looking forward to developing Custom Media, which is already a very well known company among the foreign community here for delivering vital information to businesses. As a strong and wide bridge between Japan and overseas, Custom Media will take a very important role in Japan in the future.”

Kamimura, aged 53, started his career in 1985 at Recruit, Co., Ltd., which sent him to the US for seven years to publish a jobs magazine for Japanese students there.
Returning to Japan in 1996 as JAC Recruitment’s Osaka branch manager, he became managing director in 2003 and grew sales and profits by a staggering 40 times before taking the company to a high-profile IPO in 2006.

His second IPO, on the TSE “Mothers” section, came in December 2014 after he took on a crippling two-year deficit at venture recruitment company I am Inc. in 2008 to lead a merger with Interworks in 2012.

Aichi Prefecture-born Kamimura graduated with a BA in English literature from Osaka University in 1985.

Custom Media is a mid-sized print and digital design, media and marketing agency based in Azabudai, Tokyo that publishes The Journal for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and BCCJ ACUMEN, for the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Custom Media also produces BIJ.TV, the first and only online bilingual video channel on successful Business in Japan.

Custom Media publisher wins Japan-British Award for promoting bilateral business, culture and charity

H.I.H. Princess Akiko of Mikasa has presented an award from the Japan-British Society to Simon Farrell, publisher and co-founder of Tokyo creative agency Custom Media.

Founded in 1908, the Japan-British Society each year recognises one Briton and one Japanese for “significant work in the field of Japanese-British relations by individuals and organisations which have not otherwise been acknowledged.”

JBS3Farrell’s award was for publishing since 2009 BCCJ ACUMEN, a business, culture and lifestyle magazine for the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan; Custom Media’s helping British companies enter and expand in Japan, and for community and pro bono work for good causes run by Britons in Japan.

After accepting the award, Farrell said: “I am very surprised and honoured to be successfully nominated for this award and I gladly accept it on behalf of my diverse and brilliant colleagues at Custom Media, especially co-founder and President Robert Heldt who has worked tirelessly and diligently to help develop our creative agency since 2008.”

award 347Other speakers at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo annual gala dinner awards ceremony were British Ambassador Tim Hitchens CMG LVO—who is also Japan—British Society president—and writer and broadcaster Peter Tasker, one of the foremost authorities on Japanese finance, economics and culture.

Founded in 1908 “to encourage the study of things British and promote cordial relations between the peoples of the United Kingdom and Japan,” the Japan-British Society has about 2,000 members and is supported by some 100 Japanese and British companies.

BIJ.TV x MIPIM Japan 2015

17th April 2015

May 20 & 21, the Prince Park Tower Hotel, Tokyo

Opportunity

For a unique, effective and creative way to raise your company’s profile, be featured in a video report of the most important global property / real estate industry event of the year: MIPIM Japan.

Options

  • Sponsor (various levels, prices, packages)
  • Advertise (we can make a commercial or use your existing one)
  • Interview (your leader speaks on products, services, solutions, etc)

What is MIPIM Japan?

MIPIM Japan is the premier real estate forum for Japanese and global leaders, joining together property and finance professionals from all asset classes – office, retail, infrastructure, leisure, residential – enabling Japanese real estate professionals to share their projects and know how with the world and international stakeholders to source capital or new opportunities in Japan.

Topics

The Olympics

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The real estate challenges and ambitions
  • Global events legacy: International Cities share past experience & learnings

Innovative Cities

  • Real Estate Investment into Japan
  • Investment opportunities in Japan & Asia REITs
  • Outbound investments, from Japan to the World
  • Managing Risk in Building Global Real Estate Co-organiser: Exposure: the need to Benchmark

Investment

  • Smart urban development
  • Growth potential of Japanese infrastructure
  • Energy transition: presenting the “positive” solutions of tomorrow
  • How to optimize smart mobility
  • Resiliency: build to face environmental disasters. Learnings from Japan

Tourism

  • Business tourism attractiveness
  • The scope of Japan’s hospitality market: from boutique hotel to integrated resorts
  • Join the conversation
  • Consider advertising or capturing an interview with senior leaders of your team. Extend your message with BIJ.TV’s reach.

 

About BIJ.TV

 

BIJ.TV is a permanent record in English and Japanese of your company’s message, opinions, services, people, products and solutions—to attract new clients, vendors, staff and investors. BIJ.TV e-newsletter is sent to over 10,000 global executives with all new videos.

Why Video?

  • Landing Pages with video have up to 800% more conversions than those without
  • Video content is shared, on average, 1,200% more times than links and text combined
  • Video and e-mail marketing can increase click-through rates by more than 90%.

Sources: FunnelScience.com / Simply Measured / Mist Media

Conrad Tokyo Video Blog

14th April 2015

Long-term client Conrad Tokyo wanted to increase the connection guests and diners had with their hotel restaurant chefs and to introduce the chefs to a wider audience.

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Custom Media proposed a series of videos to be distributed via a blog focused on the hotel’s dining offerings. To date seven videos have been published on the connoisseur restaurant blog with more videos planned and in the pipeline.

Relaunch of the Journal

8th April 2015

With a fresh design and more focused content, the relaunched Journal further builds on the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s prestigious reputation.

  • The exciting new Journal represents a total departure from the past.
  • This 2-in-1 magazine targets a broad readership beyond ACCJ members.
  • Each section has a distinct look and feel.

TheJournal.April.600 Comprising 70% objective analysis, the first, long-format section is devoted to insights on the issues facing businesspeople in Japan. Articles include comment by experts, and are written by professional journalists with experience in media outlets such as Bloomberg, Nikkei, and Reuters.

Several regular columns will appear in monthly installments, with titles such as The Third Arrow, Tech in Asia, and Voices of Japan.

For the first time, syndicated content is featured from select partners such as Nikkei Asian ReviewFast Company, and The Diplomat.

Translations of Japanese media content also appear in each issue.

The second part of The Journal is reserved for ACCJ news and member contributions, which we always welcome from our 3,000-plus associate and commercial members.

Content in this section closely resembles that in the existing format, with photos and reviews of ACCJ events, as well as articles from chamber leaders in the Tokyo, Kansai, and Chubu areas.

Visit The Journal website: http://journal.accj.or.jp/

Contact Robert Heldt for advertising opportunities in this exciting new format: robert@custom-media.com

Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) New website

13th March 2015

The new telljp.com website is devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues, supporting those in need in the community and promoting fund-raising events. The revamped site is designed to help TELL achieve its mission to be a leader in the community in addressing the country’s growing mental health needs and make it easier to get help and support.

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The refreshed look has been developed and designed with the help of Custom Media, with unique illustrations by artist Kento Iida created especially for TELL. The streamlined platform provides a wealth of information and resources relating to mental health issues, a directory of English-speaking services in Japan, infographics and a new page about the cost of stigma in our society. The new website makes it even easier to make donations and get involved with TELL.

Visit the website: http://telljp.com

Moleskine notebook—the perfect corporate gift!

6th November 2014

Our customised Moleskine notebooks are hot off the press.

Classic and sleek, this legendary notebook brand is perfect as a corporate year-end gift or event omiyage.

Please contact us now for more details on how to create your personalised notebook.

Moleskine and Custom Media announce partnership

7th August 2014

Iconic Italian brand picks top creative agency to market corporate gifts.

TOKYO, August 7, 2014—Custom Media, an award-winning full-service media agency, has been selected as the official agent offering customized Moleskine notebooks and related items to companies in Japan.

“Custom Media’s expertise in developing creative and finely designed communication tools, as well as its ability to understand a global brand like ours and connect with a Japanese audience, led to its selection as our partner here,” said Andrea Rossi, B2B global director of Moleskine.

Moleskine notebooks can be transformed into a mobile branding tool, perfect for corporate or holiday gifts, product launches or training and development tools.

Custom Media can help clients design their perfect notebook, and the options for customization are vast.

Large or pocket-size notebooks can be tailored to include debossed company logos, paper wraps with special messaging, and colored elastic bands and bookmarks. Inserts, custom pages and endpapers provide space for visual messaging for modern businesspeople on the move.

“When Moleskine approached us for representation in the B2B Japanese market, we were already using its products and were aware of the brand’s prestige and sophistication, so forming a partnership was an easy decision,” said Robert Heldt, president of Custom Media.

“We believe every brand has a unique story, and together as a branding agency and a legendary notebook maker, we believe it is our duty to help our customers find, design and share their stories in a memorable way,” Heldt said.

Moleskine’s Rossi added, “Moleskine notebooks are suitable for both creative and professional minds, two strong elements in this country. Ours is a popular brand with high quality standards, recognized in Japan thanks to widespread distribution in top department stores. Our products appeal to Japanese customers thanks to their simple and neat design.”

Custom Media has been creating bespoke communication tools since 2008, building a solid reputation for top-quality designs, products and solutions. Publishers of the ACCJ Journal magazine for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and BCCJ ACUMEN magazine for the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the firm was voted Company of the Year at the BCCJ 2013 British Business Awards.

Moleskine, founded in Milan in 1997, offers a collection of tools that assist contemporary creative professionals and knowledge workers in the formation and
elaboration of words, images and ideas. Moleskine objects are distributed in 92 countries at over 24,000 points of sale.

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Custom Media wins Company of the Year Award

5th November 2013

Custom Media has been named Company of the Year at the British Business Awards.

Michael Woodford, the Olympus whistleblower, and Jon Harding, chief operating officer of UK Trade & Investment, were among the six independent judges who awarded the Tokyo-based media and design agency the coveted gong.

The award recognised the company’s values, diversity, growth and development in the past year, and for BCCJ ACUMEN magazine, which it has been publishing since December 2009 in an era of bankruptcies, deflation, disinvestment and natural disaster.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), which hosts the annual gala event, had appointed a panel of six senior leaders based in Japan and the UK to judge 51 nominees in six categories.

Before revealing the winners, British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens CMG LVO congratulated UK businesses for their achievements in Japan. “This evening is a wonderful testament to what has been happening in the British business community here in the last 12 months”.

Receiving the award, Robert Heldt, president of Custom Media, said it was a great honour and surprise to win the Company of the Year award, especially given the illustrious opposition. The other nominees were Rolls Royce Japan, Co., Ltd.; Bentley Motors Japan; British Airways; PwC Japan; Oxford Instruments K.K.; and Robert Walters Japan K.K.

“I want to thank my business partner Simon Farrell and Jane Best, the CEO of Refugees International Japan, who nominated Custom Media for this award, as well as our great team at the office, the BCCJ executive committee and secretariat, and our loyal advertisers and other clients,” Heldt said.

Founded in 2008, Custom Media employs 15 full-time staff at its Akasaka office. The company also produces the Business in Japan TV (BIJ.TV) online video channel and publishes the ACCJ Journal for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Attended by 220 guests, the November 1 black tie event at the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo was as British as the Dover sole and clotted cream on the menu. The meal also featured toasted English muffins, baked Scottish salmon and truffle-flavoured lemon chutney, along with beef and grain mustard gravy, fidget pie, and braised red cabbage with Earl Grey. A bottle of scotch decorated each table while guests also enjoyed Stilton, nut and dried fruit hot tart, with Cotswold honey ice cream and blackcurrant compote.

Conspicuous this year in Japan have been British business, culture and diplomacy, with the BCCJ marking its 65th anniversary and various events being held to commemorate 400 years of UK–Japan ties.

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