Hamish Downie’s Five More Questions with Dean Newcombe

Editor Note: Hamish has another in his series of Five Questions With…

Hamish came up with this idea because he was accumulating too much material for his Famous News Sushi column and asked if he could do these mini-interviews. Why would we say no?

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TGG: Could you re-introduce yourself to the readers?

DN: This question gets continuously harder to answer, but as short as I can, I am a British man, who has lived in Japan for more than a decade. I work as a casting director and as of this year am the CEO and founder of an ethical fashion start up company.

TGG: What’s happening with RunAway Japan?

DN: After the main adventure where I ran around Japan for 50 days (literally!). We continued to make content for YouTube and short outdoor episodes for the NHK World program, Catch Japan.

One of the pieces we shot for Catch Japan. I made this with my step son!

website: https://catchjapan.jp/20201126-03/

This is a lovely piece we did for YouTube hiking the Kyoto Trail with an amazing man who led the way at close to 80 years old!

What happens now with runAway is hard to say. I still love making the content. It’s very time consuming but also rewarding to do. Certainly I will keep trying to make YouTube pieces and hopefully we will get some more commissions from NHK World too.

TGG: Can you tell us about your new project, Ethical Connection?

DN: In June of this year, after almost 1y6m of preparation, myself and a small team released a new business selling ethical fashion brands in the Japanese market. We do so through our website and hope to increase the interest in Japan for ethical and sustainable fashion along the way.


It’s something I have wanted to do since 2013, but wasn’t able to realize until this year.

TGG: What kinds of clothing do you sell?

DN: So far we have 16 brands which come from around the world, mostly from the UK, Australia and Europe. The common factor of all the brands is that they are ‘ethical fashion’ brands. They are all made in ways that respect the people who make them and the planet, and without compromise to quality and image. I personally love all the brands we hold.

TGG: Where can we buy these great clothes? How can someone with limited or no Japanese skills buy from you?

DN: At this time, we are only online, so conscious shoppers with an interest in this subject should get onto our website or check out our instagram.


The website is only in Japanese, but with a little help from Google Translate, I am sure foreigners here can use the service and shop from these inspiring brands too. People could reach out to us in English also and we could lend a hand.


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