News

木, 12 11月 2020 12:00

Fundraising Sale a Success

The recent, Connections-organized International Bazaar raised nearly ¥4 million for local charities.

The three-day, annual sale, which ran from November 8 to 10, drew more than 1,000 shoppers and saw almost ¥20 million in sales, surpassing last year's figure.

"The joy that this event brought to our community—local vendors, shoppers, volunteers and staff—made the planning, preparations and hard work so worthwhile," says Connections President Heidi Regent.

Connections supports a number of local nonprofits through its sales, charity drives and other fundraising efforts.

水, 28 10月 2020 16:00

Remembering Minette Nakamichi

The Club is saddened to announce the untimely passing of longtime Club employee Minette Nakamichi.

Joining the Club's Membership Office in December 2000, she touched the lives of countless Members over her 20 years of conducting Club tours and guiding newcomers through the process of settling into the Club.

Originally from Singapore, Minette moved to Japan more than 30 years ago.

A keen cook and foodie, Minette's colleagues appreciated her Tokyo restaurant tips and the freshly baked chiffon cakes she would bring to the office.

She is survived by her two daughters.

水, 14 10月 2020 08:00

California Triumphs at Taste-Off

It was a clean sweep for California at the Seasonal Wine Taste-Off on October 13.

At this biannual event, 86 Members sampled nine reds and nine whites before voting for their favorite two from each lineup.

Indigo Eyes' 2018 Chardonnay and Crimson Ranch's 2016 Red Blend were selected as the Club's seasonal wines for November to January.

Napa Valley's Crimson Ranch also won fans for its 2018 Chardonnay, which will be featured as a seasonal wine for February to April next year, along with McManis' 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon.

All the wines will be available in Club dining outlets.

木, 10 9月 2020 14:00

Board Election Slate Announced

The Board of Governors has approved the slate of candidates for this year's Board election.

The election will be held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting on November 17.

The Nominating Committee-proposed list of candidates is as follows:

  • American Citizens (five to be elected)
        Michael Benner
        Trista Bridges Bivens
        David Hackett
        Lauren Kawasaki
        Joe Moscato
        Nathan Schmidt
        Christina Siegel
        Michael Van Zandt
        Jim Weisser
  • Japanese Citizens (one to be elected)
        Fumie Iwasa
        Tetsutaro Muraki
  • Other Nationalities (one to be elected)
        Gabriela Mandrea
        Anthony Moore

Other Nominations
In accordance with the Board's call for other nominations, the following Members will also run in the forthcoming election:

  • American Citizens
        Ginger Griggs
        Gregory Lyon
        Michael Popov
        Sam Rogan
        Dean R Rogers

Electioneering
In accordance with Chapter 5, Section 31 of the General Rules, unauthorized electioneering, including written communication to Club Members, other than in official Club election materials, during any election period, is prohibited. Violations by a candidate for governor, upon review and recommendation of the Nominating Committee, may result in the disqualification of the candidate. Proper decorum is expected during the election period.

木, 06 8月 2020 13:00

Club Signs Lease for Nihonbashi Facility

The Club has moved one step closer to opening its first-ever satellite facility—in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district.

At a ceremony in the Winter Garden on August 5, Michael Alfant, the Club's representative governor, signed a 15-year lease for the Club facility in Nihonbashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower.

Tadashi Ogawa, general manager of Mitsui Fudosan's office building development department, also signed the agreement.

The satellite facility, which is set to open in early spring next year, will feature a restaurant, private dining room, bar, fitness center and locker rooms on the sixth floor of the Mitsui Fudosan-owned building.

"The Nihonbashi facility promises to be an attractive hub for Members in a fast-developing part of town—and at no cost to the Club," says Alfant.

Mitsui Fudosan is responsible for all costs associated with the project and has guaranteed the Club a monthly payment of ¥1 million.

The Nihonbashi Club will be open on weekdays for adults only.

Overseeing the project for the Club are the TAC Nihonbashi Task Force's Ginger Griggs (chair), Alok Rakyan (vice chair), Terry White, James Fink, Koichi Komoda and James Mori.

Photo (l–r): James Fink, Koichi Komoda, James Mori, Ginger Griggs, Michael Alfant, Tadashi Ogawa, Club General Manager Anthony Cala, Club Assistant General Manager Wayne Hunter, Noriaki Yamazaki (Nihonbashi Club opening director) and Mitsui Fudosan's Shuichiro Kodama