12 Oct 2023

Members Select Seasonal Wines

Italy and France shared the spoils at the Club's most recent Seasonal Wine Taste-Off.

26 Sep 2023

Sky Pool Programs Receive Thumbs-Up

The majority of Members taking swim programs at the Sky Pool are satisfied with the sessions and coaching, according to a survey carried out earlier this year.

Nearly 350 people completed the Swim Committee-organized, online questionnaire.

24 Aug 2023

Board Approves Election Slate

The slate of candidates for this year's Board of Governors election has been released.

At its meeting on August 24, the Board approved the list of candidates proposed by the Club's Nominating Committee.

The election will be held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting on November 9.

The official slate is as follows:

  • American Citizens (up to four may be elected):
    Jesse Green
    Ginger Griggs
    David Leibowitz
    Gregory Lyon
    Patrick McLeod
    Nils Plett
    Nathan Schmidt
  • Japanese Citizens (one may be elected):
    Takahide Akiyama
    Reiko Saito
  • Other Nationalities (one may be elected):
    Simon Farrell
    Rune Sølvsteen
  • Connections (one may be elected):
    Vanessa Thomas

In accordance with Chapter 5, Section 31 of the General Rules, unauthorized electioneering is prohibited. Violations by a nominee, upon review and resolution of the Nominating Committee, shall be referred to the Board of Governors and, upon a resolution of the Board, will result in the disqualification of the nominee. Violations by a Member other than a nominee, upon review and resolution of the Nominating Committee, shall be referred to the House Committee. Proper decorum is expected in the conduct of the election.

04 Jul 2023

Funds for New Charities

The Club's Connections group has donated ¥6.4 million to six charities as part of its annual support of local causes.

Four of the organizations are first-time recipients of Club donations and include Kanita Women’s Village, Japan's only long-term residential shelter for women, and Nanbyo Children Support Network, which organizes counseling and activities for children with intractable diseases and disabilities and their families.

The Multicultural Center Tokyo, an educational support organization for immigrant children, has received funds for a second year.

In an issue of INTOUCH earlier this year, foreign students explained how the nonprofit is helping them overcome cultural, language and educational hurdles.

Connections' fundraising efforts and philanthropic initiatives, including annual charity drives for Tokyo's Sanyukai homeless shelter and the Salvation Army, stretch back decades.

Photo: Multicultural Center Tokyo

29 May 2023

Connections Supports Local Children's Home

Connections helped furnish the Salvation Army's newest children’s home in Tokyo.

Opened in May, Acacia House is a group home that provides a comfortable setting for six children between the ages of 3 and 18.

Connections’ donation of ¥1 million was used to purchase furniture and appliances for the home, the second such facility to receive assistance from the group.

The Salvation Army's Colonel Stephen Morris says the aim of the home is to provide a stable environment for the children in their care.

“It is important to help them enjoy their childhood, all the while preparing them for adulthood,” he says. “Clearly this is not an easy task, but generous gifts like the one from Connections helps us provide the home-style environment that is integral to normalizing their childhood.”

Photo: (l–r) Ken Hanasaki of the Salvation Army, Connections’ Gabriele Kirschner and Marie Briganti, Colonel Stephen Morris, Colonel Wendy Morris and Connections’ Lina Raffone