U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos arrived on the UC San Diego campus recently to drum up more commerce between the land of the rising sun and the U.S., now that several overseas air carriers have launched new nonstop direct service between Asia and the West Coast, including San Diego. In case you didn’t know, Japan Airlines recently launched its first service between Tokyo and Lindbergh Field using Boeing’s advanced 787 Dreamliner. Andrew Wylegala, minister-counselor for commercial affairs at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, along with a number of executives representing California’s manufacturing sectors and school officials, were part of this first-ever “U.S.-Japan Outreach Tour” … And speaking of UCSD. The school was rated one of the top 100 universities in terms of value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. The publication posited in its annual rankings that the school is the 10th best value public university based on cost and financial aid, average student debt, competitiveness, graduation rates and academic support … San Diego startup JogaIM has launched a mobile messaging platform for both iPhones and Droids that lets users share their likes and dislikes in the signature line of their text messages and get paid for their efforts. The free app lets users promote their favorite causes, brands, political views, politicians, colleges, teams, or anything else that they are passionate about, said company officials. Details at joga.im … Boomer business? The U.S. Small Business Administration and the AARP are sponsoring a “Wantrapreneur” Day Feb. 6 at Mira Costa’s Community Learning Center. Residents who are retired or about to retire and wondering what’s next, can benefit from the half day program. Organizers said the gathering is designed to link business owners and “wantrapreneurs” with various resources needed to be successful. Discussion topics include how to start your own home-based business. Contact email@example.com … One big change in the nonprofit world was announced recently that’s worth noting. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank named James A. Floros as president and CEO of that important community organization. He joins the 32-year-old agency from the local Burn Institute. Floros grew that nonprofit to an annual operating budget of $1.5 million, up from $320,000 at the beginning of his tenure there … Finally, this item. The Joffrey Ballet returns to San Diego on Jan. 29 to open the La Jolla Music Society’s distinguished dance series for 2013. The troupe will be performing at Copley Symphony Hall. Ducats and details at LJMS.org. Till next week.
Tom York is contributing editor of the San Diego Business Journal. If you have interesting tidbits or news worthy ephemera, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.