From the President - January 2021

I’m writing this column for the last edition of Number 1 Shimbun to be edited by Peter O’Connor, who is stepping down at the end of the year, to be replaced by Justin McCurry. It was with a bit of a jolt that I realised this evening that I’ve been Club President since August, but haven’t met Peter in person even once – we know each other only through Zoom, phone calls and emails. ...

From the President - December 2020

Dear Members,
If you polish your glasses and squint hard enough, you can just about see it. Yes, that tiny, unfamiliar thing in the distance is a faint sign of light at the end of the tunnel. It’s hard to focus on it when Japan has just recorded a new high of 2,684 virus cases in a day and the third wave of the pandemic is casting a pall over the normally lively end of the year ...

From our new President

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.

From the President - August 2020

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.