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Continuing the momentum of this year’s ACCJ D.C. Doorknock, the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) will hold its annual doorknock in Washington, D.C. from June 22 to June 25.

I encourage you to attend this important event. It is a terrific way to meet, and share information with, your business counterparts in the Asia Pacific Region.

If you are interested in helping us amplify our key messages, and in meeting with members of other American Chambers in the Asia Pacific Region, by joining the APCAC Doorknock, please contact ACCJ Executive Director Laura Younger.

Women in Business Summit
I hope to see many of you at the ACCJ’s Women in Business Summit on Monday, June 29, at the ANA InterContinental.

Please join me in thanking our very generous sponsors, who as of mid-May have donated ¥28 million in total and have made it possible for the ACCJ to hold an all-day event with lunch, light refreshments, a cocktail reception and simultaneous interpretation at affordable rates for members and guests:

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC, Deutsche Bank Group, McDonald’s Company (Japan), Ltd., Dow Chemical Japan Ltd., MetLife, AIG, Bloomberg L.P., Boeing Japan K.K., Caterpillar, CBRE K.K., Coca-Cola (Japan) Co., Ltd., Eli Lilly Japan K.K., EY Japan, Gap Japan K.K., Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, LIXIL Group Corporation, Mondelēz Japan Ltd., Morgan Stanley Japan Holdings Co., Ltd., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Qualcomm, Robert Walters Japan, State Street, and Toys“R” Us, Japan.

Given the importance of fostering sustained economic growth in Japan through the empowerment and promotion of women in the workplace, and in support of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal of having women in 30 percent of management and leadership positions in Japan by 2020, this year’s Summit will focus on taking further action with practical action-oriented examples of how to achieve measurable results in increasing the participation and advancement of women in the workplace in Japan.

We will delve into the themes contained in the white paper that the Women in Business Committee has been working hard on to finalize and launch at the Summit setting forth a collaborative, partnership-based blueprint for Japan to help facilitate the realization of these very important goals. For more information on the Summit, please see the website.

Wear your seatbelt
I ride in a lot of taxis to and from ACCJ-related events and meetings and I do not always wear my seatbelt when sitting in the backseat.

On the way to last month’s Leadership Forum, my taxi driver suddenly applied the brakes to avoid hitting another car, which resulted in my being propelled to the front of the taxi. Fortunately I did not hit the windshield and did not sustain any neck or back injuries.

Sometimes we are lulled into a broad sense of security and personal safety living in Japan and this was a very important reminder that one should always wear a seatbelt. Accidents happen and next time I wouldn’t want any of us to sustain more serious injuries.

Star-studded Line-up Speakers
2015 ACCJ Women in Business Summit
June 29, ANA InterContinental Tokyo

To get warmed up for this summer’s star-studded panels of experts and leaders in government and business, check out the video playlist of all the keynote speeches from the 2014 summit, co-hosted with the U.S.-Japan Council. The playlist includes all remarks made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, renowned economist Kathy Matsui, and many more.
Please search for ACCJ in YouTube, then click Playlists when you reach the ACCJ channel to watch the 2014 WIB Summit footage.



Jay Ponazecki