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DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,

By the time you read this in print, the FCCJ will be well into another election for new members of the Board, with candidates from among Associate and Regular members running for office. I’ll take this late opportunity to wish them all well.

The election vote count itself will take place on June 27 and the results announced at the General Membership Meeting on the same evening. I do urge you to vote and to support the members running for the Board, who volunteer their time to help in running the Club.

 

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DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,

I’m writing this a day after the April FCCJ Board meeting which, as usual,
started with a report from the General Manager Marcus Fishenden on general
club affairs. He began by noting that Mitsubishi has started work on alleviating
some of the sound leakage problems in the new Club. The work includes the
main dining area, the studio, and the so-called Skype booths, and is well in
progress.

 

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DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,

I was beating a drum in the last president’s message about getting Regular Members to vote in the General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. And you may well have seen some of the creative posters positioned around the Club in the first half of March to help the effort. (Thank you, Marcus.)

 

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DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,

Firstly, I have to beat the drum again about the Club's upcoming GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON MARCH 20 (WEDNESDAY), STARTING AT 6:30 P.M. If you are a Regular Member of the FCCJ, please mark this date in your calendar. Even if you don't plan to attend the meeting, we will still need Regular Members to "show up," so to speak.

 

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DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,

The new Club on January 8 played host to one of the biggest press conferences ever held at the FCCJ, when Carlos Ghosn's lawyers came to speak. The event attracted all of Japan's main networks, many of whom covered it live, and more than 350 people attended.

01 President Abigail Leonard 160

 

 

DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,

A very happy New Year from President Peter Langan and myself!

We are all settling into the new facility and getting to know the premises. On the dining front, we’re happy to announce that the Correspondents’ Lunch is once again on the menu and, as of this writing, we are very close to agreeing on a new Food and Beverage contract that promises exciting new dining choices in the year ahead. This has been a long process and we appreciate everyone’s patience; we’re hopeful the new food will make it well worth the wait.

 

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DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,


I write to you from our new home in the Marunouchi Nijubashi Building on behalf of President Peter Langan, who is recovering from a bicycle accident (for more on that, please refer to his previous column on Murphy’s Law). We all wish him a very speedy recovery.

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DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,


The commonly cited “Murphy’s Law” states that what can go wrong will go
wrong – usually with a myriad of unforeseen consequences. It has been
suggested Murphy’s Law be included in studies of physics, though I’ve yet to
see a book titled: Black Holes, Quarks and Murphy.

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Dear members,

In the absence of President Peter Langan and First Vice President Abby Leonard, I am writing the last President’s Message to be issued from the Yurakucho Denki Building, home to the FCCJ since February 1976.
On Oct. 26, we begin the move into our new home on the 5th and 6th floors of the Marunouchi Nijubashi Building. Although we will lose our bird’s-eye view of the Yurakucho cityscape and the Imperial Palace grounds, we trust the ambience of the famed Nakadori, as well as all the benefits of a spanking new facility, will more than compensate.

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Dear members,

I have less space this month, so forgive the bullet-point approach.
First off, a big thanks goes to Albert Siegel for his past year as editor of the Number 1 Shimbun. Albert will be taking on another role to help build and expand the FCCJ’s presence on social media. Greg Starr returns as editor of the Club magazine, to soon be joined by Andrew Pothecary as designer. Please join me in congratulating these three gentlemen and get in touch if you have any ideas for helping them in their respective roles.

 

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Dear FCCJ members,
I write this as July’s prolonged and deadly heat wave finally broke after setting temperature records, only then to be followed by a typhoon. This of course on top of the devastating and also deadly floods in western Japan. I’m sure you will join me in extending all our sympathies to those who lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods in these natural disasters.

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Dear FCCJ members,
I write this as July’s prolonged and deadly heat wave finally broke after setting temperature records, only then to be followed by a typhoon. This of course on top of the devastating and also deadly floods in western Japan. I’m sure you will join me in extending all our sympathies to those who lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods in these natural disasters.

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With the recent appointment of a new general manager to oversee the Club’s staff and administration, we on the Board feel a sense of relief as we can now shift away from certain aspects of the Club that have been taking up our time

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The establishment in 1998 of the Keizo Obuchi government was a major positive turning point for foreign correspondents in Japan. That’s because the late Prime Minister Obuchi was eager for his voice and the policies of his cabinet to reach foreign countries, directly from the mouths of Japanese officials.

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The FCCJ is confronting multiple crucial challenges all at once. Start with the move to a nearby location in Marounochi. There’s been lots of talk about it and all I can add is to propose officially designating it as Japan’s Third Major Recent Move.

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During the last month, I received more than 2,000 FCCJ president-related e-mails sent to my computer, another 500 to my mobile phone and several dozen text messages, many of which required an immediate response, sometimes after midnight.

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WITH JAPAN’S OBON HOLIDAY approaching, I want to assure FCCJ Members that your Board is moving forward with promised reforms.

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I would like to thank the FCCJ members for their active participation in the 2017 elections and their voting for continuity and stability as the club is sailing through high waves.


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THE FCCJ'S "VOLUNTEER" SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL.

With the 2016-2017 FCCJ BOD year winding to a close, I would like to extend to the Club’s membership and particularly the dozens of volunteers my appreciation for their support and trust,

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SHIMBUN TIMES AHEAD --

A group of journalists were invited to an alternative universe and, while having an audience with the king there, were handed a bundle of cash. The following year, the same group were invited by the same king and, as in the previous year, all were handed more cash except one journalist who looked puzzled.

 

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