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New Ways to Share Information and October Events in Kansai and Chubu

With the support of the Communications Advisory Council, co-chaired by ACCJ Governors Jonathan Kushner and William Swinton, the ACCJ is very focused on adopting new ways to capture the content of our 500-plus events each year and on using more digital tools in our programming.

Last month we launched—for the first time in ACCJ history—live streaming of an ACCJ speaker event. We will be expanding these efforts and always welcome your feedback and recommendations.

Last month we also launched a new member idea/suggestion box ( to make it easier for you to email us your terrific ideas as you think of them.

2014 ACCJ Kansai Charity Walk-A-Thon
Building on the experience of our Chubu Chapter, which launched the ACCJ’s first charity walkathon in 1991, our Kansai Chapter has been gathering members, families, friends and supporters for a fun day outdoors since 2006—alternating annually between Kobe and Osaka. Last year 2,000 people gathered in Osaka. This year we return to Kobe (see page 47).

Registration for the 2014 Charity Walk for Working Mothers starts at 10 a.m. on October 18, at the Canadian Academy on Rokko Island. In addition to the Walk-A-Thon, there will 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, but please consider donating more. Food and drink tickets will be sold separately on site.

Please also consider 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 working women and helping raise the awareness of issues impacting women in the workplace have been ongoing themes of the Kansai Walk-A-Thon. This year’s event is sponsored and supported by more than 50 companies—including many ACCJ member companies—that actively promote diversity.

The Kansai Chapter is proud over the years to have donated ¥36,306,000 to 18 NPOs that support working women. The beneficiaries of the 2013 Kansai Walk-A-Thon were: the Work and Child Raising Counseling Center, 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 Kobe Portopia Hotel on October 17, so that Board members can participate in the Walk-A-Thon the next day.

After the meeting, there will be a panel discussion with the Union of Kansai Governments followed by a welcome reception for the new Consul General for Osaka/Kobe, Allen Greenberg, with the Japan America Societies of Osaka and Kobe and the Japan America Women of Kansai.

I hope many of you will join us at the panel discussion, the reception and the Walk-A-Thon. I am very much looking 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, become a Walk-A-Thon sponsor or become 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 in advance for supporting this important annual event.

2014 Chubu Workplace Diversity Symposium
On October 23, the Chubu Women in Business Committee is holding a half-day symposium on “Diversity in the Workplace: Broadening Cultural Understanding and Empowering Women.”

It will focus on strategies to increase global potential for companies in Japan by strengthening cultural awareness and promoting diversity in the workplace. For more information regarding the program, how to register and sponsorship opportunities, please email the Chubu ACCJ Office at

The Chubu Chapter has developed strong working relationships with various Japanese government entities and business associations in the Chubu region.

Thanks to Steve Burson’s strong leadership, this year the Chubu Chapter has been able to leverage these relationships in putting together this symposium with enthusiastic support from the local community.

The fact that Aichi Prefecture’s Deputy Governor Akiko Yoshimoto will be one of the featured speakers is good evidence of this support. Dean Foster, an internationally renowned intercultural training specialist, will be another featured speaker.



Jay Ponazecki