Strategic Clarity

Source: ACCJ Journal

With the start of each year comes assessment of our direction and progress to clarify them against our most current view of our objectives and situation. This was a primary item for the January meeting of the newly elected American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Board of Governors, which confirmed our three strategic focus areas—membership centricity, relevant and strong advocacy, and operational excellence—as well as the five pillars of our advocacy focus:

  • US–Japan Economic Partnership
  • Health and Retirement
  • Digital Economy
  • Tourism, Sports, and Hospitality
  • Workforce Productivity

In their discussion, the Board also updated the objectives for each of our three strategic focus areas, reflecting the approval in October 2018 of proposals based on the Membership Value Project (MVP), upcoming negotiations for a US–Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA), and Japan’s hosting of the G20 Summit. Also confirmed was a focus on using member time efficiently and bringing increased transparency to the ACCJ’s activities and processes.

While preparations for many of these are still ongoing, let me outline for you where we are and what lies ahead in several of these key activities.

Under our Workforce Productivity pillar, the Women in Business (WIB) Summit has become an annual forum through which the ACCJ has continued to drive and advance the dialog on opportunities for women in the workforce—a critical topic that is now a central pillar of the Japanese government’s approach to workforce productivity.

On February 28, the latest summit will leverage its position as one of the premier workplace-diversity events in Japan to offer a platform for related issues, including LGBT matters, leadership, and technology. The summit promises to again push forward the role of women in the workforce and to provide a platform for discussion of a broad range of topics that fall under the Workforce Productivity pillar. If you have not already registered, I highly …continue reading