Wrapping Up a Year of Success

Source: ACCJ Journal

As president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), I am proud of the remarkable and important work being done by the ACCJ on behalf of its members throughout Japan on a broad range of issues and topics.

In just the past few weeks, the chamber has been involved in various high-level talks and briefings. These include:

  • Meeting with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to discuss the US–Japan partnership
  • A panel discussion with the Union of Kansai Governments about the Kansai Digital Health Platform
  • An extraordinary event with Jim Bridenstine, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (page 11)
  • ACCJ-Kansai Women in Business Summit (page 14)
  • The 56th Annual Japan–US Business Conference in Washington, DC
  • Event with Dr. Yasuhiro Suzuki, chief medical and global health officer at Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

The breadth of ACCJ activity, and the engaging ways in which members and committees participate on a daily basis, is quite impressive. I strongly encourage our members to get involved and stay up to date through the chamber’s social media efforts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

I am extremely enthusiastic about the signing of the US–Japan Trade Agreement, which features several key achieve­ments, including positive steps forward for agriculture and industrial goods.

I am particularly encouraged by the bilateral agreement on digital trade, which will help ensure even greater success for innovative US companies in the Japanese market. Ensuring a forward-focused framework for the digital economy has been a priority of the ACCJ, and we have held long-standing positions on critical components of the agreement, such as data flows, privacy, and localization.

In our efforts to continue to be a voice for members, the ACCJ was pleased to co-host with Keidanren—the Japanese Business Federation—the 10th Annual Internet Economy Dialogue, a forum for private-sector input into US and Japanese government discussions on this …continue reading