Colin Silvester
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Colin Silvester

Colin was born in Portsmouth, England, and enjoyed his childhood in the natural beauty of the south coast countryside. He studied Computer Science at Hull University and it was during the summer break of his second year, in 1993, that he first travelled to Japan. There he completed a 3 month internship in KDD's AI research division. Curious to learn more about the country, Colin returned to Japan after graduating from Hull and was a “JET” (Assistant Language Teacher on the “Japan Exchange and Teaching” programme) for 3 years in the suburban prefecture of Saitama. Colin then spent a short time at JAC Recruitment until he decided to return to his core profession of IT, joining Bloomberg in Tokyo. After 3 very enjoyable years there, Colin joined a small US telecommunications company, IPC Information Systems, shortly after it established its direct presence in Tokyo. After 12 very informative years (which included 2 years spent at IPC's headquarters in New Jersey), Colin returned to JAC Recruitment, where he is now CIO, responsible for the company's overall technology strategy.

Outside of work, Colin enjoys squash and cycling, touring Japan on his Triumph motorbike, drumming and also DIY. Colin has long been passionate about minimising the impact of humans on the environment and in 2010, Colin and his family realised their dream when they moved into their newly built “eco-house” which Colin and his wife designed with the help of Sumitomo Ringyo. The house is highly energy efficient through extensive use of the latest insulation technology, gas filled glass, LED lighting (approximately 80% of the house uses LED) and 4.1kw of solar panels and as a result, the house is a net producer of electricity.

Colin's long term ambition is to build and run a “British pub” in the fantastic surroundings of the mountains in Nagano!

International CorrespondentsPeople and Society

The sharing economy is gaining a great deal of focus globally and is seen to be one of the fastest growing business sectors in most developed economies. However, in Japan, despite continued and steady growth in recent years, it is still in its infancy when compared to other major economies

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International Correspondents

At the Asaka Water Purification Plant in Saitama prefecture, which borders on Tokyo, a test is being conducted to verify whether hydrogen, a by-product from manufacturing chlorine, can be used to power an electric car. In the process of separating salt water in order to create the chlorine (sodium hypochlorite),

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CitiesInternational Correspondents

Founded in 1997, NihonMtecs is a manufacturer of interior decoration materials and what makes this company especially interesting is that the primary ingredients of all their products are recycled and organic, such as egg shells and cork. Recently added to their select portfolio of natural products is the “Egg Tile” (エッグタイル).

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International Correspondents

The Nissan Leaf electric car was launched in 2010 and has been gaining popularity ever since. However, one implication of the success of the Leaf and other electric vehicles has been the throughput of valuable resources needed to make each battery. To compound the issue, the battery has a useful lifespan of about 100,000

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International Correspondents

On May 11th, Canon announced that its new printer toner and ink cartridge reprocessing plant had been brought on line. Canon invested 60bn yen in the new system which provides a 50% increase in throughput compared to its previous facilities. As a result, Canon is now able to extract, annually,

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International Correspondents

Japan is a densely populated country with limited natural resources where recycling materials has had to be a part of everyday life. However, the idea of using second hand products has been slow to catch on – until recently even “second hand houses” were relatively unusual. Traditionally products would be

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