Best Charity & Fund Raising Cookbook–Asia

Another shiny gong, a great cause, and new offices have well started 2014 for Custom Media, publishers of BCCJ ACUMEN.

While still basking in the glow of being voted BCCJ Company of the Year, in November, muchas felicitaciones came from the Madrid-based organisers of the Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards 2013.

All proceeds benefit refugees

We are proud to have won the award for “Best Charity & Fund Raising Cookbook–Asia”, for producing Flavours Without Borders for the Japan Association of Refugees (JAR) and Macquarie Group Japan.

The publication is a distinctive 104-page global recipe book written by refugees here. To buy Flavours Without Borders (¥1,575), please email us. All proceeds go to JAR.

Established in 1999, JAR annually consults with about 15,000 asylum seekers and refugees, a cause dear to my heart from my pre-desk-bound days as a reporter in southern Africa, the Persian Gulf and the Caribbean.

As an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Japan, JAR offers social and legal help and carries out advocacy, research and public relations.

Visit Flavours without Borders website.

GoConnect Debuts at Expat Expo

GoConnect Debuts at Expat Expo

On November 6–7 at Kamiyacho Trust Tower, the first public exhibition for international residents was held—Expat Expo Tokyo 2020. Custom Media’s recently rebranded platform GoConnect made its public debut at the event, with lots of giveaways from the platform and its Partners, as well as a raffle in support of a very worthy charity.

This is GoConnect!

This is GoConnect!

In March, we launched Connect by CM—a free digital marketplace platform to support local businesses economically hit the hardest by Covid-19, as an extension of the Custom Media website. Constantly innovating and adding new features by listening to our Members and Partners, the platform quickly grew beyond its earlier purpose.

Meet Custom Media’s Advisor

Meet Custom Media’s Advisor

I am mainly helping my Japanese clients to effectively access global audiences. Custom Media is based in Japan, and many of our customers are international executives living in Japan. They often play the role of an “international window,” since they are influencing people and frequently liaising with their counterparts back in their home countries.

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