The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

This issue of The ACCJ Journal is a turning point for the publication—starting with the name. You may have noticed the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) logo on the front cover, and as you flip through the first few pages, you’ll find chamber events, photos, and insights right up front. As we kick off the excitement of fall, we’ve reshuffled the content and given the magazine a facelift to bring even greater benefit to members. ACCJ–Tokyo Vice President Jonathan Kushner tells you more in From the Board.

As the ACCJ, we all represent the United States. But in 2020, an even bigger team of representatives will arrive in Tokyo: athletes competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In August, it was revealed that their home base will be just minutes away from the ACCJ office, at Tokyo American Club (TAC). We talk to United States Olympic Committee Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Baird about the history of USA House, why TAC was chosen, and what we might see in 2020.

One thing athletes learn early on is that working together is the key to success. Instilling the same understanding in the workplace can be a challenge, which is why team-building activities are an important factor in choosing your next meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) venue. We explore some of Tokyo’s MICE offerings and how spaces are evolving to meet the changing needs of companies.

Another place that is evolving is the office itself. As a new generation enters the workforce, employers must rethink how they attract and retain the best talent, and how they tap into innovation and productivity. We visit some of the most creative work spaces in Tokyo to find out how leaders are adapting their approach and environment to meet the needs of today’s workers and encourage more synergy among their staff.

Before you can take the field, you may need help. Japan is an attractive destination for foreign companies, but new entrants to the Japanese market face challenges that can be difficult to overcome. We talk to experts and business leaders about the obstacles that must be navigated and the help that’s available.

There’s much more in this issue, including the start of a new series about Women in Business, the opportunities for Tokyo as a global financial hub, and trends in alternative investment. So turn the page and enjoy the new look of The ACCJ Journal.

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