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Editor | Looking Ahead

October 2013
Megan Waters

It is very special for me to be the ACCJ Journal’s first female editor-in-chief in an exciting new partnership between publishers Custom Media and Japan’s largest foreign chamber of commerce.

I am very much looking forward to taking on challenges and realizing new ideas over the coming issues. One of the best ways of expressing the close bilateral ties that the ACCJ enjoys with Japan, and of reaching across to our readers, is to draw you closer to the everyday business and aspirations of the chamber and its members.

It is also a huge privilege to be working with the stable of writers who make possible this publication. Some have been featured in the pages of the Journal before; others are first-time contributors. However, what I celebrate most is the eagerness to play a part in this publication as expressed by so many women—an under-represented voice in Japan.

These are exciting times, indeed, not only for the chamber and Tokyo, but for the people of Japan, following the September 8 announcement that Japan had won the bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For many reasons, the Games are expected to be a financial and other boon for Japan, and the Journal looks forward to helping raise the city’s profile for this great occasion.

ACCJ events for everyone
The ACCJ has many interesting events lined up over the coming month. I am always surprised by the variety and number of events the ACCJ holds each month, ensuring there is something for everyone. I look forward to attending many of these events, where I hope to meet more chamber members.

I know it takes a lot of time and effort to plan functions, especially larger ones such as the Charity Ball. To be held on November 30, the ball promises to be a spectacular evening of fine dining and entertainment—for good causes.

On a side note, I would like to thank all those who attended, or helped to organize, the Journal’s Relaunch Party at the Tokyo American Club on September 6.

As an eager user of many of the social media tools available these days, I found this month’s cover story on an ACCJ event featuring LinkedIn particularly pertinent. Read how the professional networking site can help you become more productive and successful in your career.

In fact, a recent study by innovation agency FaberNovel, entitled “LinkedIn, the Serious Network,” explains how the site has become much more than somewhere to upload a resume. Rather, it has become the place to network. The report suggests that the site will transform the business world, impacting work life and culture.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the October issue. Please feel free to drop me a line with any suggestions or comments. We are always on the lookout for ways to better reflect the interests and concerns of our readers, and would be happy to hear from you.


I am very much looking forward to taking on challenges and realizing new ideas over the coming issues.”