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I hope to see many of you at the Annual Chubu Walkathon on Sunday, May 17, at the Aichi Expo Memorial (Moricoro) Park. The ACCJ Board of Governors will hold its May meeting in Nagoya on Saturday, May 16, so that many of your elected leaders can participate in this important annual event.

This year the Chubu Walkathon is celebrating 24 years of giving back to the Chubu community. The event is sponsored by the ACCJ Chubu chapter and Nagoya International School, and is far more than just a walkathon.

There will also be a stage show with live music and other entertainment, a raffle, fun activities for children and delicious food. This year the organizers hope to raise ¥8 million to help orphans, victims of child abuse, the physically or emotionally challenged and people coping with illnesses such as HIV and cancer.

Last year the Chubu Walkathon raised ¥7 million for 26 local charities, and over the past 23 years the event has raised well over ¥100 million for Chubu charities.

Please join me in congratulating the Chubu chapter, Nagoya International School and all the volunteers who make this annual event possible, and who have helped make it an outstanding success over the years. Let’s help them make this year’s Chubu Walkathon an even greater success.

Please visit Chubu Walkathon for more information.

ACCJ Community Service Fund
Although the successful 2014 Charity Ball is now behind us and the planning of the 2015 Charity Ball is well underway, the Chamber’s Community Service Advisory Council (CSAC) is continuing its activities in support of local charities active in the Kanto and Tohoku regions.

One CSAC function that many ACCJ members are unaware of is to provide emergency funding to NGOs facing sudden budget gaps by using the Chamber’s Community Service Fund.

The fund balance is currently about ¥5.5 million. Just this past month, Lighthouse Japan, formerly known as Polaris Project Japan, requested and received emergency funding so that they could continue providing life-saving support to women and children who are victims of human trafficking and child pornography.

In October 2014, Tokyo Union Church’s Mission for Our Homeless Neighbors received emergency funding to buy warm underwear for their supported populations to use during the cold winter months.

If you hear of Kanto or Tohoku charities in need of emergency funding, please consider suggesting that they apply for CSAC assistance. The CSAC Emergency Funding Application is available on the ACCJ Charity Ball website.

Another Way to Support Tohoku
Many local businesses in Tohoku are still recovering economically from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. One way that you, your families and your friends can support the region is by visiting Tohoku and spending money to support the local economy.

The next time you are planning a trip in Japan, please consider visiting Tohoku. Similarly, if your company is planning an offsite event, please consider holding it in the Tohoku region.

Star-studded 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