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Pride of Place

Brandi Goode

One of the most lauded Japanese virtues is modesty, as Governor of Texas Rick Perry observed during his recent visit to Tokyo. Having spent half of my formative years in the lone-star state, I had to chuckle when he admitted that trait is one not generally shared by Texans and Japanese.

In his interview with the ACCJ Journal, Perry went on to proudly describe—just as a beaming father or satisfied entrepreneur would—Texas’s economic achievements under his tenure as the state’s longest-serving governor, and what this means for those of us in Japan (see page 12).

His appearance should be of particular interest to members with an eye on the 2016 presidential vote, as Perry is rumored to be the current frontrunner for the Grand Old Party. Texas–Japan ties are on the rise, particularly in the sector that fuels the state’s economy: oil and gas.

On October 1–5, the Greater Houston Partnership’s delegation is visiting Japan to promote business interests in this, among other, fields of growth.

And for a balanced approach, if you’d like to hear from a Democratic state leader, the ACCJ will host Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe on October 15.

Good timing
It has been a busy time for the Japanese government, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s September cabinet reshuffle having made headlines.

It was aptly timed around the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo (September 12–14), at which Abe’s wife, Akie, was a keynote speaker. The proportion of females in Abe’s advisory circle is now nearly 30%—the goal Abe has set for women in leadership by 2020.

As soon as this Diet session, we may see a bill presented to the legislature that would require companies to set targets for promoting women, a move that will surely be championed by many.

The government also announced the opening in Tokyo next year of a United Nations Women’s office, which should spark even further initiatives to bring more women (back) into the workforce.

I also received a kind email from Misato Oi, who was featured in the July Journal article “Holding Our Future in Their Hands.” Oi participated in a speaking circuit this summer, in part thanks to aid from ACCJ President Jay Ponazecki.

We published one of her inspirational haiku in the July issue, and she was kind enough to share a new poem following her experience this summer. See the full version in my editor’s article online, on the ACCJ Journal website.

New faces
We introduce some new writers in this October issue, as well as a new Tech column. I am constantly reading articles about innovative companies, individuals, and products that are emerging in Japan and the United States, giving us plenty to share in the monthly space.

The ACCJ Journal is perpetually on the lookout for professional writers to season its pages. If you or someone you know is interested, drop me a line anytime.



Brandi Goode