The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

As the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) works to further engage member executives, three mechanisms have been created through which CEOs can communicate their priorities and issues. In this way, business leaders can play a bigger role in developing the ACCJ’s advocacy agenda.

In the May issue of The ACCJ Journal, we talked about two of these three groups: the F500 CEO Advisory Council and the Small Company CEO Advisory Council, both of which provide perspectives on the ACCJ’s advocacy agenda, and strengthen the voice of the chamber as it continues to work on behalf of US businesses in Japan.

The third is the CEO Forum, a networking and information sharing group that hosts events with high-profile speakers as well as opportunities for leaders to share ideas. Co-chaired by James Feliciano, president of biopharmaceutical company AbbVie G.K., and Harry Hill, member of the board, New Business Development at Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc., the CEO Forum is open to representative members of our corporate sustaining member companies (CSMs), which includes US, non-US, large, medium, and small businesses.

From left: ACCJ President Sachin N. Shah, baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, and Harry Hill

So far in 2018, the CEO Forum has hosted engaging and dynamic VIP meet-and-greet luncheons with Japan’s home run king Sadaharu Oh, Japan–U.S. Business Council Chairman Nobuyuki Hirano, and Andrew Liveris, former chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. On September 10, Takashi Goto, president, CEO & representative director of Seibu Holdings Inc., will speak about the development of Tokyo in the build-up to—and after—the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Feliciano, who is taking over as CEO Forum co-chair from Sarah Casanova, CEO of McDonald’s Company (Japan) Ltd., explained why the group is so important to the ACCJ’s mission: “Through its efforts, the forum has become a premier platform for both networking and infor­ma­­tion sharing among leading executives in Japan. Moving forward, we hope to build upon this success, expanding our programming and offering new oppor­tuni­ties to engage and inform our executive membership. This will soon start with a monthly CEO Forum Breakfast Round­table, through which we hope to establish an open platform for senior leaders to discuss emerging industry trends, pressing business issues, and out-of-the box management ideas that can benefit our daily work and lives. I encourage my fellow CSM executives to join us and look forward to seeing you at a future event!”

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