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June 2014
Pharma, Food, and Farewell

For our cover story this month, we spoke to Dr. Carsten Brunn, president of Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd.

The pharmaceutical giant, on a mission to improve people’s quality of life, is developing not only new products, technologies and processes, but also business strategies and models.

The company’s commitment to innovation is both inspiring and wholly necessary in Japan, given the country’s rapidly aging and declining population.
It’s impressive to see an ACCJ member company at the forefront of this approach.

The recent Japan Summit, organized by The Economist, was held in mid April. More than 220 business leaders, policymakers, academics, and observers took part in the all-day event, at which were discussed pressing matters and timely opportunities pertaining to Japan’s economy, politics, and society.

Turn to page 38 to read what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as ACCJ members Jesper Koll and Roderick Lappin, had to say about Japan’s economy, regional trade agreements, and other issues.

And for those on the lookout for somewhere a bit different to take the kids, or even a date, go no further than page 46, where Max Brenner’s chocolate delights are reviewed.

If you’ve wondered about the taste of a chocolate-and-green-tea combo, or if chocolate pizza is your thing, I highly recommend a visit to the recently opened Max Brenner chocolate bar in Omotesando, or the one in Solamachi.

ACCJ summer events
With the ACCJ’s biggest—and most successful—event of the year now behind us, we look forward to another month of exciting goings-on at the chamber.
Look out for next month’s cover story, which will feature a run-down of the WIB Summit.

With the hottest months almost upon us, we are looking forward to such summertime ACCJ occasions as the Kansai chapter’s Kansai World BBQ Classic VI, Tokyo and Nagoya walkathons, and Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup.

And finally …
This is my last issue as editor-in-chief of the ACCJ Journal before I hand over the reins to my colleague and former BCCJ ACUMEN editor, Brandi Goode.

Having thoroughly enjoyed my time at the helm as the first female editor of this prestigious magazine, I am moving on to new pastures.

I would like to thank Journal readers and contributors for the support, ideas, and feedback I have received. I believe the magazine has come a long way over the past 10 months, and expect to see it continue to flourish.



Megan Waters