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Tokyo American Club's Monthly Member Magazine


  • TORANOMON HILLS RESIDENCEluxury residences for lease


    TORANOMON HILLS RESIDENCEluxury residences for lease


    Member Matthew Romaine and other business experts explain

    why Japan needs to think international


    Turkey Time Thanksgiving feasts

    at the Club

    Crossing the Line Tips for would-be


    Saving Sake Members head to the

    home of Hakkaisan




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    November 2015

    T O K Y O A M E R I C A N C L U B

  • Club Committees

    Compensation Mark MillerCulture, Community & Entertainment Dan Smith Subcommittee

    Culture & Community JoAnn Yoneyama Entertainment Matt Krcelic Frederick Harris Gallery Yumiko Sai Video Library Diane Harris

    Finance Rodney Nussbaum (Hiroshi Miyamasu)Food & Beverage Michael Alfant(Jerry Rosenberg) Subcommittee Wine Stephen RomaineHouse Tomio Fukuda (Jesse Green) Subcommittee Facilities Management Group Matt KrcelicHuman Resources Per Knudsen (Ginger Griggs)Membership Alok Rakyan

    (Machi Nemoto)Nominating Steven GreenbergRecreation Samuel Rogan (Mark Miller) Subcommittee Bowling TBC Fitness Samuel Rogan Golf John Patrick Vaughan Library Alaine Lee Logan Room Christa Rutter Squash Pete Juds Swim Alexander Jampel Youth Activities TBCTokyo 2020 Olympic Dean Rogers

    Board of Governors

    John Durkin (2016)Representative Governor, Mary Saphin (2016)First Vice President, Jesse Green (2016)Secretary, Hiroshi Miyamasu (2015)Treasurer, Ginger Griggs (2015), Mark Miller (2015), Machi Nemoto (2016), Betsy Rogers (2015), Jerry Rosenberg (2016), Kazuakira Nakajima (2016)Statutory Auditor

    contents 2 Contacts 4 Board of Governors 5 Management 6 Events 8 The Selection 10 Wine & Dining 14 Arts & Entertainment 18 Recreation & Fitness 22 Feature 26 Talking Heads 28 Inside Japan 30 Out & About 32 Cultural Insight 34 Event Roundup 38 Club People 40 Back Words

    FEATURE Internationalizing Japan Inc While corporate Japan has

    long been regarded as a

    dark-suited bastion of cultural

    homogeneity, many Japanese

    companies are beginning to

    recognize the advantages of

    nurturing multinational teams

    and English-speaking work


    20 RECREATION & FITNESSFlora FervorAfter joining a Club ikebana

    class as a way to pass the time,

    one Womens Group member

    discovered a new passion at

    which she excelled.

    32 CULTURAL INSIGHT Peripatetic ArtisteMember Aude de Saint-

    Exupery, whose paintings

    are on display at the Club,

    discusses how a nomadic

    upbringing influenced her art.

    28 INSIDE JAPAN Finding Sake SuccessAhead of a Club tour to his sake

    brewery in Niigata Prefecture,

    Hakkaisan owner Jiro Nagumo

    explains how his business is

    defying market trends.


    Cover photo of Matthew Romaine by Benjamin Parks

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  • To advertise in iNTOUCH,contact Rie Hibino:rie.hibino@tac-club.org03-4588-0976

    For membership information,contact Mari Hori:mari.hori@tac-club.org03-4588-0687

    Tokyo American Club2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku,Tokyo 106-8649

    Editor Nick Jones

    Assistant Editor Nick Narigon

    DesignersEnrique BalducciAnna Ishizuka

    Production AssistantYuko Shiroki

    ManagementAnthony L CalaGeneral Manager

    Wayne Hunter, DirectorGMO & Membership

    Business OperationsBrian Marcus, Asst GM Business Operations

    Scott Yahiro, DirectorRecreation

    Nori Yamazaki, DirectorFood & Beverage

    Jonathan Allen, DirectorMember Services & Guest Studios

    Suranga Hettige Don, DirectorRevenue Management

    Business SupportLian Chang, Asst GM Business Support

    Darryl Dudley, DirectorEngineering

    Shuji Hirakawa, DirectorHuman Resources

    Naoto Okutsu, DirectorFinance

    Toby Lauer, DirectorInformation Technology

    Shane Busato, DirectorCommunications

    Magazine editor by day and writer of literary fiction at all other hours, Annemarie Luck moved from Cape Town to Tokyo in 2013 after working at Mens Health, Marie Claire and Rolling Stone magazines. When shes not nurturing her debut novel, she edits Time Out Tokyo magazine. An enthusiast for breathtaking beaches, island escapes and freshly frothed matcha tea, she examines Japan Incs attempts at internationalizing its workforces in this months cover feature on page 22.

    When Japans national rugby team lined up for the national anthems ahead of its first World Cup pool game against South Africa in September, the collection of steely faces was far from homogenous.

    In among the Japanese players were foreign-born athletes, including the towering, bearded captain, Michael Leitch, who was born in New Zealand to Fijian parents. He obtained Japanese nationality two years ago.

    The debate over foreign-born players seems to bubble up each World Cup, but few can dispute the devotion, courage and pride all the players displayed in their historic win over South Africa and through the rest of their memorable tournament.

    Incidentally, Japan was equal with Wales and Scotland, with 11, in the number of foreign-born players in its original squad of 31. And Argentina was the only team from the 20 competing countries with an all-native lineup.

    Japan has traditionally fielded foreign-born players to bolster the side with additional experience and bulk. The mix of backgrounds has also meant different ideas on everything from conditioning to tactics. The aim has been to improve the national team and so raise the profile of the sport in Japan. The strategy paid off in spectacular style this autumn.

    For this months cover story, Internationalizing Japan Inc, Annemarie Luck discovers that some companies in Japan are finding similar success through their own multinational teams.

    If you have any comments about anything you read in iNTOUCH, please e-mail them to, putting Letter to the Editor in the subject title of the mail.

    Annemarie Luck

    Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Benjamin Parks has been living in Tokyo for 10 years. Equally adept in the studio or on location, he counts the likes of Facebook, Ferrari, Casio and DHL among his clients. Working on both editorial projects and advertising assignments, he is a regular photographer for iNTOUCH. For the cover of this months issue, he headed to the Tokyo offices of web-based translation company Gengo to shoot the firms co-founder and Club Member Matthew Romaine.Benjamin Parks

    from the editor



  • November at the Club means the start of the turkey season. Using specially designed roasting ovens, the kitchens cook up to around 130 whole turkeys for Thanksgiving meals around the Club and for delivery to Members homes.

    As Club president, it would be nice to emulate the United States presidential tradition of pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, ours arrive from across the Pacific frozen. In any case, Im looking forward to enjoying this holiday with family and many other Members at the annual buffet on November 26. You can find the Clubs full rundown of Thanksgiving activities on page 9.

    November is also the month when the Club holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is an open meeting, required by the Clubs rules, at which Members

    Registered Voting Members are reminded to vote in this months Board of Governors election.

    Voting Members will receive voting information soon. Please take the time to review the candidates statements and then cast your vote.

    Those wishing to pose policy questions to candidates can find the relevant contact details included with the candidates statements.

    Final date for advance voting: Friday, November 13.

    Ocial Notice of the Annual General Meeting for all Tokyo American Club Members The Annual General Meeting will be held on:

    Tuesday, November 176:30 p.m.Manhattan I and II

    By order of the Board of GovernorsJohn Durkin (Representative Governor)Jesse Green (Secretary)

    vote on important matters, governors are elected and the newly appointed Board of Governors selects the Club president, or representative governor. Since the Clubs fiscal year ends in September, financial results for the previous year and the operating budget for the new fiscal year are presented at the AGM.

    membership targets. With almost 3,900 Members, we are fast approaching the Clubs historical high of 3,998 Members in May 2001. We will also have paid down around 30 percent of the Clubs redevelopment debt, a real achievement. With membership of the Club more popular than ever, opportunities to join may be limited and it could be more expensive.

    After such great results, the Board is delighted to present, once again, year-end benefits for Members in the form of the annual bonenkai event on December 4 in the Winter Garden and CHOP Steakhouse and the free Family Holiday Show on December 5 and 6. We are also considering a special surprise for fitness fanatics. Stay tuned.

    As we head into 2016, the Club faces new challenges. Due to the growing number of Members, we are planning to expand the Fitness Center and extend its hours from earlier in the morning to later at night. Later this month, we will launch an exciting, new dinner menu in American Bar and Grill. Watch out for that.

    Over the past three years, aside from the Clubs financial performance, my main objective has been to create a sense of community for Members and their families. That will continue to be my focus. Have a great holiday season and see you around the Club. o

    I encourage all Members to vote and have their say in how their Club is governed.

    On the

    Up-and-UpJohn Durkin


    Members who wish to vote at the AGM need to fill out a simple form at Member Services. Voting can be done online, so attending the AGM in person is not necessary. I encourage all Members to vote and have their say in how their Club is governed. The details for this years AGM are below.

    Last year was an excellent one for the Club. We achieved all of the targets established in the TAC 20/20 financial plan and are about two years ahead of our

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  • And since most equipment can be used for up to seven years, its crucial to have a plan for replacing obsolete machines.

    The Clubs involvement with the Club Managers Association of America and the North American Association of Club Athletic Directors means we are able to stay abreast of the latest trends in the club industry, including in the area of fitness.

    When we were planning the interior and layout of the new Azabudai Club, we always knew that one day we may have to expand the fitness facilities. To be honest, though, I didnt realize it would be so soon. It doesnt seem that long ago we were welcoming Members to their new home, and now we are looking at upgrading the facilities.

    It goes to show the popularity of the Clubs recreation facilities and, in particular, the Fitness Center. Judging by the feedback we regularly receive from new Members, the Clubs fitness facilities and programs are a big draw for people when they consider joining the Club.

    Its important for most private membership clubs and hotels to stay competitive by providing the most up-to-date fitness equipment and programs.

    the cardio equipment and increasing the weight-training machines was approved. With many cardio pieces coming to the end of their expected life spans, the decision was timely.

    The two-phase project will begin with the replacement of our current cardio equipment with state-of-the-art machines. Phase two will involve the expansion of the Fitness Center.

    Chaired by Sam Rogan, the Clubs Fitness Committee has spent a great deal of time reviewing new lines of cardio and weight-training equipment for the Fitness Center. Just as we did when we last bought new equipment, we will select the best machines currently available.

    The administrative office adjacent to the Fitness Center will be relocated to another area of the Club, allowing for more fitness space for Members. The entrance to the redesigned Fitness Center will begin immediately opposite the third-floor elevator doors, while the fitness desk will be relocated into the stretch room, opening up the exercise area.

    These changes will allow more Members to enjoy the Clubs excellent health and fitness facilities. o

    To explore the full range of Club fitness facilities and programs, visit the Fitness & Recreation pages of the Club website.

    Fitness Boostby Scott YahiroRecreation Director

    Its important for most private membership clubs and hotels to stay competitive by providing the most up-to-date fitness equipment and programs.

    At Septembers Board of Governors meeting, our proposal for expanding the Clubs fitness facilities, replacing all



  • Whats on in November

    Thursday19Library Book GroupThe Clubs band of book lovers meets at Caf Med to discuss Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. 11 a.m. For details, contact the Library.

    Sunday15Family PhotosAhead of the holiday season, professional photographer Ken Katsurayama takes family portraits. 9 a.m. Jean Pearce Classroom. 25,000. Sign up at the Recreation Desk. Continues on November 21.

    915Traders Taps First AnniversaryEnjoy the best craft beers America has to offer with happy hour prices all week and special prizes at Traders Bar.



    2Mashiko Pottery Festival TourHead to the famous pottery town of Mashiko in Tochigi Prefecture to shop for ceramic pieces produced in kilns reconstructed after the March 11 earthquake.

    223Fall Truffle Exp...