The ACCJ Journal


Staff writer for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan's magazine, the ACCJ Journal. This included numerous event reviews, features on food and drink, politics, real estate, education, technology, agriculture, finance and business.


Diversity and Inclusion

Standing Together

A book review of Stylist’s Life Lessons from Remarkable Women.

Strength in Numbers

A feature looking at the growth of diversity and inclusion groups, how things have changed in Japan and how far there is to go.

It’s time for Women to Win

Baroness Virginia Bottomley speaks to members of the BCCJ about the benefits of having women on boards, and the issues of work-life balance and diversity and inclusion.

Foreign Models

An interview with Mari Nogami, the new president of commercial excellence at AstraZeneca Japan, and how she juggles being a mother and pursuing a demanding career.

Powering on

Speaking to Lady Barbara Judge CBE who was once described by BBC Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour” as the best-connected woman in Britain, on nuclear technology, corporate governance and women.

Fair Play for Females

An interview with Joanna Roper, the UK’s special envoy for gender equality and how she is approaching the role and what she hopes to achieve in the growing gender equality dialogue.

Diversity Roundtable

A video production and series of interviews accompanied this feature on a diversity discussion between myself, Xue Wang, senior associate at Allen & Overy Tokyo; Maiko Itami, marketing manager at EF Education First Japan K.K.; and Jane Best OBE, chief executive officer of Refugees International Japan.

Accompanying interview:

EF Education First Japan K.K. marketing manager tells women in Japan to be curious

Senior associate at Allen & Overy advises women to be pragmatic

Robert Walters Japan K.K. sales and marketing director believes in women’s leadership prospects

Mainstreaming Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

A British Council event which looks at their efforts to mainstream equality, diversity and inclusion in business.

LGBT’S retail nightmare

A feature that looks at the struggles and constraints faced by the retail sector in diversity and inclusion int he workplace, and specifically, the barriers that the LGBT population in Japan face.

Maxine Cheyney