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It has been an outstanding year for sponsorships and donations that impact the local communities in which we live and do business. The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) is deeply grateful to all of the sponsors who helped make the 2015 ACCJ Women in Business Summit in Tokyo a success.

This month’s Kansai Women in Business Summit is also being generously supported by ACCJ member companies, and I have no doubt that it will also be a very successful event.

As we enter the final months of this year, let’s continue the important momentum of support with an event that, for many of us, is close to the heart: the ACCJ Charity Ball. This occasion is one of the most direct ways in which ACCJ members and member companies can contribute to the local community.

Proceeds from the ball will directly support local Japanese beneficiaries such as the ACCJ Mike Makino Fund, which provides food for the homeless, and the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, which enriches the lives of children in Tohoku.

I encourage you to visit to learn more about the charities that will be supported by the social event, and to discover the variety of ways in which you and your organization can sponsor one of the ACCJ’s annual marquee occasions.

Please mark your calendar so that you can join me, together with many other ACCJ members and friends, at this year’s Charity Ball on Saturday, November 28.

Driving Business through Diversity
I hope many of you will be able to attend the ACCJ’s Kansai Women in Business Summit on Monday, September 7, at the InterContinental Osaka.

For having enabled the ACCJ’s Kansai Chapter to hold its first Women in Business Summit—through the donation of ¥4.5 million in total as of mid-August—I ask you to please join me in thanking our very generous sponsors: Robert Walters Japan K.K., Eli Lilly Japan K.K., Aflac, Bayer Yakuhin Ltd., MetLife Inc., P&G Japan, Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., Caterpillar Inc., and EY Japan.

With panel discussions on women in leadership, male champions of change, and best practices in human resources, we hope this summit will help answer questions on how to convert strategies into measurable results.

The conference is expected to identify what challenges still need to be addressed in Kansai, as well as provide practical, solutions-based recommendations, and share tested best practices regarding how to advance the role and engagement of women in the workplace.

This focus on driving business through diversity is key to stimulating further economic growth in Kansai and throughout Japan.

For more information on this Summit, please visit the ACCJ events page online.



Jay Ponazecki