Geordie Japan’s 2012 Year In Review

 

 

Wow what a year, since launching on the 13th of March 2012 Geordie Japan has exploded far beyond what was ever expected of it. 2013 is set to be an exciting year for us but before we look to the future we should look back at the year that was 2012. In this review article you will find some interesting stats about the site and handily, for those of you who are new to the site, links to every article across the past year.

 

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SunnyCon 2013

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Event:  Sunnycon 2013

When: Saturday & Sunday 23rd-24th March 2013

Where: Seaburn Center (Directions)

Website: http://www.sunnycon.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunderlandConvention

Price: £30 VIP, £25 13+, £10 Under 12’s

Tickets: available online here

Returning to Sunderland for it’s second year SunnyCon looks to take over the city once again, a must for anyone in the region interested in Anime, Manga or Japan in general.

“After the roaring success from last year’s SunnyCon, on Saturday & Sunday 23rd-24th March 2013 we will be back and bigger than ever hosting SunnyCon2. Our guest list so far includes Vic Mignogna, Ginny McQueen & Colleen Clinkenbeard.

Over the two days there will be new and exciting demonstrations, panels, Martials arts, shows & more as well as retail stalls, artist stands & a gaming area. We will have some delicious Japanese cuisine, so go on spoil yourself! Keep an eye on the events page to see what will be happening.

The event will be taking place in the Seaburn Centre situated on Sunderland’s coast line. Nearby we have a large Morrison’s supermarket. The event is from 9am for V.I.P ticket holders and from 10am for everyone else until 6pm. Keep it here and on our social networks for the latest updates including guests, events and other convention announcements.

Treat yourself! Come a long and immerse yourself in fascinating Japanese tradition.” – SunnyCon

David Cameron In Japan & Nissan In The North East

Prime Minister David Cameron is currently on a mission to Japan to boost trade in several areas, most prominently weapons development apparently (great…) which harkens back to the Lord Armstrong constructing ships and weaponry for the Japanese forces.  While he is in Japan Mr Cameron will be visiting Nissan’s head office in Yokohama in order to foster the continued relationship between Nissan and the North East, he is expected a to announce 1000 new jobs being created at the Nissan plant in Sunderland.

Nissan has operated a car building factory on the former site of the Sunderland airfield since 1986, and offered many jobs to a community that had recently been rocked by the closure of both the plethora of the regions coalmines as well as the shipyards. Then Prime Minister Margret Thatcher and Nissan President Yataka Kume officially declared the plant open in September of 1986 and since that time the plant has continued to grow, at one point employing over 5000 employees at the site. Due to the recession that number has decreased but with the expected announcement of 1000 new jobs the number of employees will return to near the 5000 rate apparently. The plant is the largest car factory in the UK and the most productive in Europe.

Nissan at Sunderland employs the Japanese system of Kaizen (改善) and which means ‘change for improvement’ or ‘continuous change’. Kaizen refers to the process of encouraging the entire workforce from the top to the bottom to seek out areas that can be improved upon at all times. The often cited example of this is an employee on a production line needimng to bend down to reach parts from a box on the floor; this should be improved by raising the box to an optimum level to increase productivity. The kaizen system was first implemented in Japan following World War 2 and has since spread across the globe and across many different types of businesses.

Certainly the news that new jobs are coming to the region is always good news, especially in this economic climate. The news that Mr Cameron is trying to foster more trade with Japan is welcome too, and we wait to see if it will impact upon the North East beyond the Nissan factory.