OUR ANNUAL GATHERING OF JOURNALISTS AND PR representatives from corporations, government and embassies on Jan. 29 was a dai hitto, according to president Lucy Birmingham. “It seemed everyone enjoyed themselves,” she said after the party, attended by a record 294 members and guests.

Giving a boost to the proceedings was this traditional kagamiwari sake barrel opening ceremony performed (left to right) by new GM Tomohiko Yanagi, 1st VP Martin Koelling, MC Steve McClure, president Lucy Birmingham and PAC Chair Abi Sekimitsu. The sake barrel was donated by Kato Kichibee Shoten.


Nobuaki Koga: President, Japanese Trade Union Confederation, Jan. 17.

Shin Dong-hyuk: Former Innate of North Korea's Notorious Camp 14, Jan. 27.

Heard at the Club

Nuclear accident-related information will not be designated as state secrets. If you were to enter an area that was declared off limits by the government and reported on what you saw there, you would not be prosecuted under this law.


THE SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET STARTED OUT THE year with a bang, as the Jan. 26 version was a big hit. The tables of the main Pen & Quill restaurant were filled with members and their families and friends who turned out for the French cuisine and roast beef.

The next of these monthly events will be held on Feb. 23, from 11:30am to 2pm, and will feature Italian cuisine (and, as always, the signature roast beef). The Buffet is a perfect situation for celebrating birthdays, as a bottle of wine or a cake is given to any member or family member with a birthday during the month.

Make reservations early, by phone or at the Front Desk. The price is a very reasonable ¥3,150 for adults, ¥1,890 for children 4 to 14.


Ran Sun is the Japan correspondent for China News Service. During her career in China, she covered a wide variety of events, from the Sichuan Earthquake of May, 2008, the Beijing Olympic Games, and the riots in Xinjiang in July, 2009. Since arriving in Japan, Sun has reported on such events as the 3/11 disasters, the islands dispute between China and Japan, the change in prime ministers and the visits of former Premier Wen Jiabao to Japan in 2010 and 2011. Sun has visited the Tohoku disaster zone more than ten times in order to report on the reconstruction efforts and the handling of the nuclear accident.

Akinori Hashimoto has been head of the NHK World Department since June, 2013. Hashimoto was born in Tokyo, and graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a degree in economics. He joined NHK in 1981, and was posted to Kagoshima. He spent a number of years with the Bangkok and Hanoi bureaus, and, later, in Beijing. He was made editor of the International News Division in 2004. After time in Fukuoka, from 2006, and as head of the China General Bureau, from 2008, he was made Head of the International News Division in 2010. In June, 2012, he was named head of the News Production Division of the NHK World Department, until his promotion last year.

Tomohisa Saito, Nippon BS Broadcasting Corp.
Shiro Baba, Kitasato University

Hirotaka Futatsuki, Nippon BS Broadcasting Corp.

Seiji Yamazaki, Shojikiya Food Service Co., Ltd.
Nobuyuki Osawa, Exeno Yamamizu Corp.
Mariko Saito, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Seiji Kasashita, Rakuten Inc.

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