The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

Please join me in celebrating the relaunch of The Journal. This is a key component of the ACCJ’s communications mission to lead the conversation on global business in Japan. It is deeply connected to our ongoing efforts to enhance communications with members and the public at large and to expand our digital footprint.

Jonathan Kushner and William “Swint” Swinton, Co-Chairs of the Communications Advisory Council (CAC), have done a terrific job leading this initiative with invaluable support from all CAC members: Tim Brett, Timothy Connor, Ken Katayama, Ray Proper and Terry White.

Please read “Leading the Conversation” by Jonathan Kushner, which explains the ACCJ’s communications strategy, the key features of the new and improved Journal and the steps that are under way to transform the ACCJ’s website so that it is a hub for ideas and conversation.

New Task Force
The ACCJ Board of Governors recently approved the formation of the Japan Structural Reform Task Force.

While considerable information is available on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Third Arrow economic policy, there are widely varying expert views on the potential impact of these reforms, their implications for US businesses and the degree and pace of their implementation.

This Task Force aims to: (i) provide a catalog of the structural reforms proposed under the Third Arrow, (ii) assess the significance of these reforms in relation to Japan’s economic growth and to ACCJ member businesses and (iii) measure progress toward implementation.

We hope this will better ensure that we have a broad grasp of proposed changes to Japanese laws and regulations that could impact member businesses and assist members whose business decisions may depend in part on the success of the Third Arrow.

The Board also approved the piloting of an “ACCJ Fellows” program under which students at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama will have the opportunity—-while assisting with the preparation of this catalog of reforms—-to better understand the Japanese economy and Japanese government policies, regulations and practices that affect the economy as well as business priorities and practices.

This is part of our ongoing commitment to develop and support the next generation of private- and public-sector leaders in the US–Japan relationship. Depending on their areas of interests, these students will work closely with members of the Task Force over the next few months.

Special thanks to Chris LaFleur and Arthur Mitchell for kindly agreeing to serve as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of this Task Force. Please contact Chris and Arthur if you are interested in this Task Force or if you have any questions.

This Month’s Question
Some members, before attending an ACCJ event, would like to know who has signed up for it, to increase networking and information sharing opportunities.

It has been suggested that members could opt out if they do not want their name to be on the list of attendees. I welcome your feedback. Is this something you would find helpful? Or would you opt out?


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Jay Ponazecki