The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

Executive Director | Transparency

October 2013
Participation and communication are key to increased knowledge of the ACCJ’s activities

Samuel Kidder - ACCJ Journal

From time to time, a curious member asks me what is going on inside the ACCJ office or on the Board.

There is so much going on inside the ACCJ that I sometimes have trouble keeping up with all the activity myself! But we in the office do hope that we seem approachable to all members. After all, we are here to serve you. And I’m sure our leaders will be glad to share their knowledge.

We’ve got an open and member-led process for electing leaders. The ACCJ president appoints the committee leadership and our member-led councils advise on such things as communications, budget and finances, and advocacy positions.

The process is designed to be open and transparent and member participation is not just welcomed, but strongly encouraged. Leaders have taken steps in recent years to make our governance even more open. The more we communicate, the better.

While transparency is important, privacy is imperative. Anyone doing business in Japan knows that the privacy laws here are very strict. We take protection of member information very seriously. In this regard, we have upgraded our electronic data systems and have introduced a number of physical security measures. We will continue to improve our processes in the future.

Our annual Ordinary General Meeting, to be held at the end of the month, provides a really good chance to find out what the chamber is doing. At this event there will be reports on chamber activities by the ACCJ president and me, while the treasurer will review chamber finances.

In addition, all attendees will have an opportunity to have their say and ask any questions. The election slate will be presented and members will be able to add candidates who may not have been on the list prepared by the ACCJ Nominations Committee.

Transparency comes from good communication, so if you want to know more about what is going on inside your chamber, please ask a leader or speak to us in the office. It is easy for those in the office to become absorbed in their own work but, ultimately, that work is being done on your behalf.

By far the best way to find out what is going on is to participate and be a part of what goes on.

The process is designed to be open and transparent and member participation is not just welcomed, but strongly encouraged.”