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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Kansai Walk-A-Thon. Last year, 1,500 people participated.

We hope even more will participate this year. Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, at the Canadian Academy on Rokko Island.

There will also be live entertainment, international food booths, a charity raffle with great prizes and a children’s play area.

The participation fee is ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for children. Food and drink tickets will be sold separately on site.

Please also consider donating more and supporting working women and their families living under difficult circumstances by making a donation that will allow us to invite them to the Walk-A-Thon free of charge.

Supporting and helping raise the awareness of issues impacting working women have been ongoing themes of the Kansai Walk-A-Thon.

This year’s event is sponsored and supported by more than 40 companies—including many ACCJ member companies—that actively promote diversity.

We applaud the Kansai Chapter for having donated ¥39,356,000 over the years to 19 NPOs that support working women.

The beneficiaries of the 2014 Kansai Walk-A-Thon were the Work and Child Raising Counseling Center, NPO Nobel, the Osaka Gender Equality Foundation, the Sakai City Family Support Center, and the Sanno Children’s Center.

The ACCJ Board of Governors will hold its next meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka on October 16.

Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion with the Union of Kansai Governments followed by a reception with ACCJ members and guests, sponsors and official endorsers of the Walk-A-Thon.

I hope many of you will join us at the panel discussion, the reception and the Walk-A-Thon. I look forward to spending time with ACCJ members and guests and their families in Kansai later this month.

If you would like to register to attend or be a sponsor of one or more working women and their families so that they can attend the Walk-A-Thon free of charge, please email the Kansai ACCJ Office at

Thank you for supporting this important annual event.

On Monday, October 26, in collaboration with the Aichi Prefectural Government, the Chubu Women in Business Committee is holding a full-day summit to generate concrete solutions to diversify the workplace and create more opportunities for women.

The summit will welcome Natsuko Horii of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and Aichi Prefecture Deputy Governor Akiko Yoshimoto as featured speakers.

The summit’s breakout sessions will feature a panel discussion on entrepreneurship and a leadership training workshop.

A lunch panel will showcase professionals who are successfully pursing their careers and taking care of their young and elderly family members.

More details on the program are coming soon via the The ACCJ Insider, the ACCJ website and ACCJ social media channels.

For information regarding the program, how to register, and sponsorship opportunities, please email the Chubu ACCJ Office at

I look forward to seeing many of you at the summit.