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Dear members,

No one can say the FCCJ doesn’t cater to a broad range of interests, and this past month has provided a superb illustration of how we can simultaneously be at the center of different worlds. Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, a former member of SMAP, the boyband that dominated Japanese media for decades, made a rare appearance to talk to members about his role as a transgender woman in the hit film Midnight Swan

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Dear members,

Looking for a place to bed down for the night, even in a derelict building? Many war correspondents were in 1945, and that’s how our forerunner, the Tokyo Correspondents’ Club started out. Looking at our posh Marunouchi premises now, it’s hard to imagine our predecessors’ desperation for a place to sleep in Japan’s bombed-out capital.

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Dear members,

As Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister prepares to ride off into the sunset, the Liberal Democratic Party is agog over who will be the next Prime Minister and which senior lawmakers will finally get that sought-after post in the cabinet after years of waiting. Hardly less momentous than the successor to Shinzo Abe is the appointment of committee chairs to work on all aspects of FCCJ activities.

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Isabel Reynolds


It is my very great honor and pleasure to have been appointed President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in this, our 75th anniversary year. For those who don’t know me, I’m a reporter with Bloomberg News and I’ve worked in Tokyo for more than 20 years.

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Dear members,

The life of my 2019-2020 Board has been inadvertently extended by nearly two months, thanks to the complicated election system imposed on us by the Shadan Hojin Law. A certain voting percentage is now essential for any candidate to be elected. When members fail to vote in sufficient numbers, the Club and our staff consume much-needed resources on establishing the new Board of Directors.

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Dear members,

The month of June is when the incumbent board wraps up the year’s work and holds elections for a new board. I take this opportunity to express thanks to my board for their efforts to run Club affairs in this annus horribilis (horrible year, for those who didn’t study Latin). The year from July 1, 2019, witnessed continuation of the challenges our Club had faced since we changed our status to shadan koeki, adopted outsourcing of food and beverage and moved to a new location.

 

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Dear FCCJ members,

The FCCJ is emerging from the coronavirus lockdown to face new challenges, not the least of which is to put the Club onto a sounder financial footing by extending our professional and social activities.

As we prepare to upgrade our operations in the Club to the "new normal" of reduced hours, distanced tables at the Bar, temperature checks and name registration at the entrance, etc., we are hoping Japan will flatten the curve and get out from the coronavirus soon along with the world.

 

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Dear Fellow Members,

I would like to thank the staff, the management, our vendor Bplan, committees, and the Board for doing their best to maintain limited operations at the Club at this time when Japan is trying to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

While this crisis forced us to downsize our activities, it also gave us the chance to hold remote press conferences. With the management and members’ help, the staff—both on the spot at the Club as well as those working from home—succeeded in providing chances for members to hear speakers and even ask them questions live.

 

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Dear Members,

 

This time it is not the Club politics or the move, nor the declining media business. It is a tiny microscopic thing called “coronavirus” that poses a threatening challenge to the FCCJ and even to the whole planet.

With no sign on the horizon of a halt to the increasing number of infections, the world is facing a challenge of existence, and I quote here Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

 

Air Max

 

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Dear Members,

The Diamond Princess cruise ship, after years of roaming the world toprovide rest and recreation to its passengers, was effectively placed under “port arrest” in Yokohama, becoming a news magnet for international media including FCCJ correspondents as a result of the coronavirus scare.

On February 27, I hired a boatman to take a news crew for a closer look at the ship from the Pacific side. The one way trip took about 20 minutes from Minato Mirai. The wind was very cold, although it was a sunny and beautiful day.

Offers

 

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Dear Members,

 

Last week, I stood about 10 meters away from reactor 2 in Fukushima Nuclear power station to give a piece to camera reporting on the preparations to decommission the crippled reactors that were hit by the March 11, 2011 Tsunami.
I didn’t wear any protective gear and was only advised to wear long sleeves by the press tour organizers. This stance was unthinkable in the early days of the nuclear crisis when some reports went as far as talking about evacuating Tokyo in the aftermath of the disaster.

 

L?pning & Utbildning

 

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Dear Members,

The year 2019 has been one of the most active years in recent history for those covering news in Japan. We have experienced world class summit meetings, such as the G20 and related ministerial meetings, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, and numerous bilateral summits including one between Japan and the US)

Accessories

 

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Dear fellow Members

It is with some trepidation that I sit down to pen my first “Letter from the President” to you all—along with some humility and hope for our future. Together, and with the help of our tireless staff, we’ve managed to complete the often-tumultuous move, and are finally settling into our new premises. I played no part in this and can only look in awe upon the magnitude of the work.

Highsnobiety Style

 

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Dear Members,

I assume that some Members will have read the recent mail saying I will soon be leaving Japan and hence have stepped down as president of the FCCJ.
Danish journalist Thomas Hoy Davidsen has been chosen as the new Club president, but I have been allowed the opportunity to write this final message. Someone who is halfway out the door is typically not of much interest to those that remain, so I want use this space to introduce Thomas. 

Black Friday 19

 

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Dear Members,

The Club was happy to host the Japan National Softball Team in September, in what should be another in a series of events in the run up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Five players attended the evening on Sept. 11, along with the head coach and other officials. We set off a space for the team to show their skills and I can testify that while the ball may be pitched underhand, it certainly moves fast. The team autographed balls for lottery winners, one of which is now in the Club’s display cabinet along with an autographed bat. 

Nike Air Max

 

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FIRST OF ALL, ALLOW me to express my deepest gratitude to all Members for making the election a success. In recent times, achieving a quorum for the General Membership Meetings has often turned out to be a big headache. But as the newly elected First Vice President (acting as President due to the absence of the president), it is indeed a great pleasure for me to see our Members show once again that on matters of extreme urgency they do not falter in responding. This compels us to work hard for the greater benefit of the Club and its membership.

Off White X Nike Design

 

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DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,

We have just concluded the election of the Board of directors for the coming year. Congratulations to the new Board members and many thanks to everyone who voted, and to those who attended the General Membership Meeting on June 27.

I’m unable to name the new officers of the Board in this mail because those appointments will be made at a later Board orientation meeting. What I can do, however, is give an update from the final meeting of the departing Board on June 10.

Air Jordan XIII Melo PE

 

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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.

Footwear

 

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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.

Chuck Taylor All Star

 

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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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