The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan


May 2014
For the Greater Good
Megan Waters

We all know time is a valuable commodity; once used, it is gone for good. This makes the time devoted to the ACCJ by its volunteers and leaders so special.

The many selfless members, who dedicate endless hours to chamber activities, do so seeking no personal gain. Thus, each year, the ACCJ recognizes the important role played by those of its members who eagerly share their skills for the greater good of the organization.

On page 28 we feature six people who were named ACCJ leaders and volunteers of the year for 2013.

Singled out are eight members, who have gone the extra mile to make personal and very special contributions to the chamber. The greatly appreciated efforts of these selfless individuals span a broad spectrum: providing event photographs, at no charge; generating white papers; compiling position papers; and organizing high-profile events, to mention but a few instances of their generosity.

But this does not mean that all contributions, from any member, are not considered valuable for the chamber’s continued well-being.

Women in Business Summit
Fast approaching is, arguably, the biggest event on the ACCJ calendar this year. As of this writing, the USJC–ACCJ Women in Business Summit, scheduled for May 27, is fully booked.

Those who are curious about the summit’s offerings, turn to page 32. This promises to be a dynamic and exciting event.

From the Publisher
As producer of such a high-profile magazine as the ACCJ Journal, which has a hugely diverse and influential readership, we naturally receive complaints and compliments, both of which are very welcome.
Last month was no different.

Respected veteran Japan hand Bob Whiting has been writing a fascinating series for us based on his soon-to-be-published book on the post-war history of Tokyo. His series features a number of colorful characters that he has interviewed over the years. The first essay, in the March issue, featured a young officer during the occupation of Japan. Regretfully, some of the subject matter proved inappropriate for some readers. It’s obvious we have come a long way and morality has changed since those days; characters in the series represent historical figures from a different time and place than today’s US businesspeople in Japan. I apologize to anyone who was offended. I know many of you really enjoy Bob’s contributions. His latest article (page 40) features one of the first US entrepreneurs in post-war Japan.

Meanwhile, unsolicited congratulations from two former ACCJ presidents warmed our hearts. They said the ACCJ Journal is a great way to keep in touch with what is happening among members of the US community in Japan, especially if you spend a lot of time abroad.

They had both really enjoyed the last few issues, especially, said one, the issue featuring the 50th anniversary of the magazine in March. Thanks!



Megan Waters