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Associate Members Liaison

Chair: TBA
The Associate Members Liaison Committee promotes the social club life of the 1,600 Associate Members and Professional Associates to blend in with the main journalistic and professional activities. The forthcoming transition to a Public Interest Association will include the election in 2014 of three Associates to the Board of Directors to also widen the overall management expertise at the FCCJ.


Compliance
Chair: Kunio Hamada


DeRoy Memorial Scholarship
Chairs: Abby Leonard, Kazu Takada
The DeRoy Memorial Scholarship Committee advises the Board on disposition of the Club’s scholarship fund, and organizes workshops for students with an interest in journalism, meets with students members of the FCCJ, holds a fundraising party and the DeRoy Memorial Scholarship Contest.


Diversity
Chairs: Ilgin Yorulmaz, Walter Sim


Election
Chair: Reed Stevenson 


Entertainment
Chair: Sandra Mori
The Entertainment Committee provides eclectic programs including cultural, musical, educational, gourmet nights of international cuisine and sake tasting events to bring together and satisfy the divergent FCCJ membership. We celebrate our anniversary each year to remind us of our beginnings and to raise money for the DeRoy Scholarship Fund which provides support for young aspiring journalists. 


Exhibition
Chair: Bruce Osborn
The Exhibition Committee arranges a regular schedule of exhibitions for display in various areas of the Club.


Film
Chair: Karen Severns
The Film Committee screens the only ongoing series of English/Japanese subtitled| sneak previews in Japan, a carefully curated lineup of award-winning films featuring hard-hitting social documentaries, hardcore indie releases and crowd-pleasing commercial titles, with a range of high-profile guests and invaluable filmmaker Q&A sessions.


Finance 
Chair: Mehdi Bassiri


Food & Beverage
Chairs: Robert Kirschenbaum, Pio d’Emilia
The Food and Beverage Committee is dedicated to bringing the best in food and beverages to the Club, with the Main Bar, the Pen and Quill, and the Masukomi Sushi Bar. We work closely with International Restaurant Service Co./B Plann Int’l, and Ito-ya to provide the best for our members. 


Freedom of Press
Chairs: Justin McCurry, Simon Denyer
The Freedom of Press Committee’s task is defined by Article 3 of the Articles of Association, which declares the FCCJ was established “to defend the freedom of the press and free exchange of information and, in so doing, to maintain and increase friendly relations and sympathetic understanding between Japan and other countries.”


House & Property
Chair: Isabel Reynolds
The House & Property Committee is one of the standing committees of the FCCJ, chaired by the first vice-president of the club. It deals with most aspects of our facility management, except for the IT equipment.


Human Resources
Chair: Walter Sim
The Human Resources Committee assists the Board and General Manager regarding personnel and related matters, with the Second Vice President as chair, understanding that all staff report to the General Manager who implements all personnel policies and who reports to the Board. The committee also acts as a grievance panel in staff disputes.


Information Technology
Chair: TBA
Oversees the non-Web related tech, including POS/Accounting/Membership Database, PCs, servers and networks.


Library, Archives & Workroom
Chairs: Koichi Ishiyama, Suvendrini Kakuchi
The Library Committee provides one of the most important services of the FCCJ-- organizing Book Break events on a monthly basis, inviting distinguished authors writing in English and Japanese, and compiling news resources and research.


Membership
Chairs: Andrew Horvat, Peter O’Connor
The Membership Committee considers all applications for all categories of Membership of the Club. Conducts regular reviews of all memberships to ensure their qualifications are consistent with their status. Actively concerned in maintaining and increasing membership and liaises closely with the Membership Marketing Committee.Marketing Committee.


Professional Activities (PAC)
Chairs: Tetsuo Jimbo, David McNeill
The PAC Committee organizes press conferences and other events at the Club.
Future events are decided by a group of working journalists that rotates every year. 


Public Relations (inc. Marketing Membership)
Chair: Simon Farrell


Publications
Chair: Peter O’Connor
The Publications Committee oversees the publishing of the Number 1 Shimbun, the FCCJ’s monthly magazine – available in print and online – showcasing articles by members of the Club on everything from global politics to Club news and activities.


Special Projects
Chair: Haruko Watanabe
The Special Projects Committee organizes press/study tours, theater and museum visits, the Saturday Lunch with Shakespeare series and other events and activities not organized by other committees.


Website
Chairs: Simon Farrell, Andy Sharp

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