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ACCJ Chapter | Kansai

October 2013
KANSAI SHINES ON
Highlights from the chapter’s dynamic events calendar

By ACCJ Kansai
The ACCJ Kansai Chapter is an active branch of the chamber that serves those working in Osaka and elsewhere in the Kansai region. Six committees plan and host about 25 events annually, including the ever-popular Kansai Walkathon (October 19 at Umekita Plaza, Grand Front Osaka from 10:30–16:00) and Kansai International School Service (KISS) Charity Concert.

Below are details of some of the events held so far this year.

WIB Committee
Building on the success of the first Bella Nova Night—a networking event for women—the Kansai Women in Business (WIB) Committee hosted another one on July 5.

Like a nova—a star that shines very brightly—each participant in these events comes to make new connections, exchange information, and celebrate successes.

Attended by a diverse group of women who work in a range of professions, the event sold out quickly and was filled with the power of many bella nova (beautiful stars) who shared their energy and experiences. Attendees left the event with new contacts and a new favorite WIB event!

The WIB is pleased to support this networking opportunity for its female members and plans to make the nights regular events on the Kansai calendar.

The next Bella Nova Night is planned for November 22 in Osaka. Please join us if you are in the area.

External Affairs Committee
On June 18, the ACCJ Kansai and member hotels met with senior members of the Osaka prefectural government at the Hilton Osaka to discuss the promotion of tourism.

Tourism is one of the important subjects to be discussed with the Kansai Koiki Rengo (Union of Kansai Governments) on October 18, 2013.

Living in Kansai Committee
When the summer rolls around in Kansai, one can count on a few things: heat, sweat, and barbecues.

In what has become a tradition, the ACCJ Kansai Chapter held its Kansai World Barbecue Classic competition at the Hyatt Regency on June 1.

This year, five teams—representing the United States, European countries, Brazil, Japan, and Australia—participated in the friendly event, competing for the titles of the Prince of Pork and the Master of Meat.

Tensions rose as the battle heated up, and were only ameliorated when the kegs were tapped. For the third consecutive year, the American team, headed by Edwin Folk and Scott Lind, took home the judge’s prize, which included a three-night stay in Singapore.

Preparations for next year’s competition are already being made.

The ACCJ Kansai Women in Business Committee have held two Bella Nova nights.

The ACCJ Kansai Women in Business Committee have held two Bella Nova nights.

 

 

 

 

Team USA received the No.1 Judges’ Prize Certificate and the Silver Skewer Trophy at the ACCJ Kansai World BBQ Classic V on June 1.

Team USA received the No.1 Judges’ Prize Certificate and the Silver Skewer Trophy at the ACCJ Kansai World BBQ Classic V on June 1.