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The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Women in Business (WIB) Committee held its 2020 Shinnenkai on January 15 at Tokyo American Club. Some 60 members and guests from a wide range of industries gathered for an evening of networking and celebration of the opportunities that lie ahead.

The special guest for the evening was Mai Mizukami, the current Japan national title holder in freestyle para swimming. Mizukami, who was born with hemiplegia (paralysis) on the right side of her body, will be taking part in the trials for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in March. She gave an inspiring kampai speech in which she thanked the WIB Committee for the opportunity to join them and encouraged everyone to consider the importance of diversity and inclusion. She also stressed how proud she is to have the opportunity to potentially represent her country this summer and to be able to show that people like her can make it.

Throughout the evening, participants wrote down their ideas for areas and topics on which the WIB Committee should focus this year, and the WIB leadership looks forward to building upon these. Here’s to a successful and rewarding 2020! 

Christopher Bryan Jones is Editor-in-Chief of The ACCJ Journal. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has lived in Japan since 1997.