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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the incredible threat it poses to the survival of many companies, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) has launched the Business Continuity Network (BCN) at This service connects ACCJ members with one another to provide credible, real-time information from subject-matter experts. By gathering our collective knowledge, we can together navi­gate the coronavirus landscape.

The BCN comprises:

  • Virtual events
  • ACCJ vs. Covid-19
  • Webinar summaries
  • Economic stimulus
  • Business continuity library
  • Covid-19 member surveys
  • Health and travel

These items and more leverage the strength of the ACCJ community and can help you ensure safe passage through this dangerous time for the market and the health of you, your team, and your customers.

Especially popular have been the nearly daily webinars, which started on March 4. These expert panels cover a wide range of topics, from communications best practices and healthcare concerns to legal matters and much in between. These events have become an invalu­able source of information and advice for members, and guest speakers have included medical, legal, finance, and human resources professionals as well as staff from the Embassy of the United States, Tokyo. Most importantly, the lively roundtable discussions and Q&A sessions have created a forum for members to help members during these challenging times.

Without the ability to meet in person, the ACCJ has had to change our approach to knowledge sharing. Rather that hindering commu­nication, however, this has been an oppor­tunity to strengthen con­nec­tions. In fact, registrations for events since we paused in-person gatherings on February 27 are tracking on par with the same period last year. The Understanding & Coping in a State of Emergency webinar on April 7 had more than 250 participants.

The wealth of information already shared through the BCN is amazing, and there is more to come. While The ACCJ Journal cannot hold it all, you can explore examples in this issue, including a Q&A from the Legal Services & IP (Intellectual Property) Committee, tips for parents working from home, and survey results.

The greatest strength of the ACCJ is the engagement and involvement of our members. If you have an idea to benefit our community during this time of heightened risk, we value your input. Share your thoughts at:

Christopher Bryan Jones is Editor-in-Chief of The ACCJ Journal. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has lived in Japan since 1997.