UPDATED: March 23, 2020 at 10:45pm
The ACCJ takes member health and safety seriously and is closely following developments related to the coronavirus. We are in close contact with the U.S. Embassy-Tokyo and will continue to provide updates to members and our community partners in the days and weeks to come.
Important Updates to ACCJ Events and Meetings Calendar
ACCJ Meetings and Events
ACCJ Activates Business Continuity Network
As a service to members, ACCJ has activated its Business Continuity Network to facilitate sharing of knowledge and best practices among member companies during this period of health and business challenges.
ACCJ is hosting regular tele-conferences among HR and Business Continuity specialists at member organizations, and is sharing call summaries and periodic COVID-19 survey results with members. The ACCJ Business Continuity Network will evolve as needed based on member input as the current situation continues to develop.
Member Survey: Best Practices Relating to COVID-19
Between February 14-17, the ACCJ surveyed member companies to gather information on best practices in response to the Coronavirus.
Survey results can be accessed in the Member Data Center.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
See details below on how to access this document.
1. Log into the ACCJ Member Data Center
2. Go to the vertical menu on the left side of the page and click "Documents"
3. Click on the “Download” button next to “Novel Coronavirus Response: Key Findings from a Survey of US Companies in Japan”
We encourage regular hand-washing and ask all members to use their best judgement during this time of elevated health risk. Please refer to the CDC's site to learn more about preventive measures.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization's Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) advice for the public:
Embassy website with notices for U.S. citizens:
Facebook for U.S. Citizens Services:
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare information on Coronavirus (in English):
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare information on Coronavirus (in Japanese):
Tokyo Metropolitan Infectious Disease Surveillance Center (in Japanese):
JTA- Medical Institution Search Tool (English):
Coronavirus in Japan
In response to member requests for alternate networking opportunities, and in response to COVID-19, The ACCJ Small and Medium Enterprise CEO Advisory Council has launched an enhanced Business & Services Directory. The goals of the Directory are to:
ACCJ Taxation Committee Update: NTA extends declaration and payment deadlines to Thursday, April 16, 2020
The ACCJ Taxation Committee would like to remind members that on February 27th, the Japan National Tax Agency (“NTA”) announced the deadline to file and pay the taxes for the 2019 individual income tax returns, consumption tax returns for individuals and sole proprietors, and gift tax returns would be extended to April 16, 2020. This measure is to prevent the potential for further spreading of the COVID-19 virus from large gatherings of people at the tax office trying to file their tax returns and pay their taxes by the original deadline.
As the announcement does not contain details on the practical application and operation of the extension and there have been no further public announcements since the 27th, ACCJ members should consult with their Japan tax advisors to determine how this extension may or may not apply to their situations.
Click here to read the announcement (in Japanese).
We will post an English translation shortly.
Thanks to the support of our membership and sponsoring companies, the ACCJ was able to give over ¥7,000,000 to the 2019 ACCJ-supported charities at the Community Service Advisory Council's annual reception on February 19 at the ACCJ Tokyo Office.
The ACCJ is committed to supporting the community in which we do business. That's why "community" is now an official ACCJ pillar. Look out for more information to follow on how ACCJ members contribute to the community over the coming months.
For more information on the 2019 ACCJ-supported charities:
The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Kansai chapter is excited to announce a new partnership with WeWork. On January 8, the ACCJ-Kansai commenced operations two days a week at WeWork Sannomiya Plaza East in Kobe.
In addition, the ACCJ-Kansai has also started working out of WeWork Links Umeda in Osaka from February 5. The first ACCJ-Kansai event held in a WeWork location took place in Links Umeda on January 22nd.
Over the next several months, the ACCJ-Kansai office will transition out of the Dojima Park location that has been our home base since 2007 and will operate full-time in the WeWork offices.
Members interested in a tour and learning about our member support activities at WeWork should contact email@example.com. Stand by for future announcements about an open house, new member orientation, and networking events!
Each year, the ACCJ honors members who have shown extraordinary dedication.
ACCJ President Peter Fitzgerald presented certificates to those selected as Leaders and Volunteers of the Year on January 27.
"Community" Added to ACCJ Core Pillars Codifying ACCJ Commitment to Responsible Corporate Citizenship
The ACCJ Board of Governors approved the addition of a fourth pillar to the ACCJ's core activities at its meeting on December 6, 2019. Complementing the long-standing pillars of Networking, Information-sharing, and Advocacy, and in line with the principles enshrined in the ACCJ Constitution, a fourth pillar called "Community" was added to emphasize the ACCJ's commitment to promoting and demonstrating responsible corporate citizenship in Japan. The ACCJ mission was also amended to codify this commitment.
The ACCJ and its members demonstrate good corporate citizenship through their companies’ own considerable efforts as well as through the ACCJ's support of local charities, an effort administered by the Community Service Advisory Council, the ACCJ’s efforts in relation to corporate governance, and the ACCJ's work on diversity and inclusion. The ACCJ will launch new activities in 2020 to showcase the efforts of its member companies.
Going into 2020, we look forward to continuing to support the community in which we do business and working with all members to become exemplary corporate citizens.
For more information about the ACCJ's commitment to the community or to apply to have your company's community-focused efforts highlight via ACCJ channels, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On December 7, over 330 ACCJ members and guests spent an evening brimming with Olympic energy and excitement at 2019 ACCJ Charity Ball: A Gold Medal Evening!
In the spirit of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, the gold medal theme channeled the camaraderie, pride, and community spirit of these inspiring sporting events—qualities ACCJ members embrace through their collaborative efforts to build a strong and connected business environment in Japan. In addition to its celebratory nature, the ACCJ Charity Ball is the Chamber’s primary avenue to give back to the communities in which we live and work.
The ACCJ’s Community Service Advisory Council was established to ensure that philanthropy remains at the core of the Chamber’s values and how we conduct business in Japan. This year, the Council selected charities that support Japan’s children and homeless as the beneficiaries of your generosity. You can find more information on our charity partners here.
The ACCJ wishes to thank our sponsors, individual donors, our members, and the Charity Ball Committee for making this evening and the resulting funds raised possible.
Please see the full list of our generous sponsors below.
Leader of the Year Award Winners
Ms. Yuka Nakamura – Kansai
Chair of the Kansai Diversity & Inclusion Sub-committee
Mr. Kevin Naylor – Tokyo
Vice-Chair of the Charity Ball Committee
Mr. Frank Packard – Tokyo
Chair of the Alternative Investment Committee
Volunteer of the Year Award Winners
Mr. Ben Eichhorn – Chubu
Ms. Tomoko Tagami – Kansai
Mr. Tsugu Watanabe – Tokyo
The leaders and volunteers of the year will be presented certificates at the January 2020 Leadership Forum (date to be confirmed).
Stay tuned for more details on these awards and the recipients following the presentation ceremony in the New Year.
The ACCJ also wishes to congratulate ACCJ Honorary Member and former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo James Zumwalt for being among the distinguished recipients of this award. See the full list of award recipients at this link.
Established in 1875, The Order of the Rising Sun Award is one of the most prestigious awards bestowed to foreign nationals who have made significant contributions to promoting strong relations with Japan.