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The past 12 months have been an extraordinary period for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), and the coming year looks to be even better. To usher in 2017, members of the ACCJ gathered at the Imperial Hotel on January 17 for the annual Shinnenkai. ACCJ–Tokyo Vice President Jonathan Kushner kicked off things with opening remarks; President Christopher J. LaFleur shared a look back at 2016, and special guest Ichiro Fujisaki, former Japanese Ambassador to the United States and current president of The America-Japan Society, Inc., shared an encouraging message.

Following the kagami-biraki—the ceremonial cracking open of a sake barrel—an extensive buffet and free-flowing wine set the stage for a wonderful evening of conversation and networking, the start of what promises to be another remarkable year for the Chamber.