UPDATED: March 23, 2020 at 10:45pm
The ACCJ takes member health and safety seriously and is closely following developments related to the coronavirus. We are in close contact with the U.S. Embassy-Tokyo and will continue to provide updates to members and our community partners in the days and weeks to come.
Important Updates to ACCJ Events and Meetings Calendar
ACCJ Meetings and Events
ACCJ Activates Business Continuity Network
As a service to members, ACCJ has activated its Business Continuity Network to facilitate sharing of knowledge and best practices among member companies during this period of health and business challenges.
ACCJ is hosting regular tele-conferences among HR and Business Continuity specialists at member organizations, and is sharing call summaries and periodic COVID-19 survey results with members. The ACCJ Business Continuity Network will evolve as needed based on member input as the current situation continues to develop.
Member Survey: Best Practices Relating to COVID-19
Between February 14-17, the ACCJ surveyed member companies to gather information on best practices in response to the Coronavirus.
Survey results can be accessed in the Member Data Center.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
See details below on how to access this document.
1. Log into the ACCJ Member Data Center
2. Go to the vertical menu on the left side of the page and click "Documents"
3. Click on the “Download” button next to “Novel Coronavirus Response: Key Findings from a Survey of US Companies in Japan”
We encourage regular hand-washing and ask all members to use their best judgement during this time of elevated health risk. Please refer to the CDC's site to learn more about preventive measures.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization's Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) advice for the public:
Embassy website with notices for U.S. citizens:
Facebook for U.S. Citizens Services:
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare information on Coronavirus (in English):
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare information on Coronavirus (in Japanese):
Tokyo Metropolitan Infectious Disease Surveillance Center (in Japanese):
JTA- Medical Institution Search Tool (English):
Coronavirus in Japan
In response to member requests for alternate networking opportunities, and in response to COVID-19, The ACCJ Small and Medium Enterprise CEO Advisory Council has launched an enhanced Business & Services Directory. The goals of the Directory are to:
ACCJ Taxation Committee Update: NTA extends declaration and payment deadlines to Thursday, April 16, 2020
The ACCJ Taxation Committee would like to remind members that on February 27th, the Japan National Tax Agency (“NTA”) announced the deadline to file and pay the taxes for the 2019 individual income tax returns, consumption tax returns for individuals and sole proprietors, and gift tax returns would be extended to April 16, 2020. This measure is to prevent the potential for further spreading of the COVID-19 virus from large gatherings of people at the tax office trying to file their tax returns and pay their taxes by the original deadline.
As the announcement does not contain details on the practical application and operation of the extension and there have been no further public announcements since the 27th, ACCJ members should consult with their Japan tax advisors to determine how this extension may or may not apply to their situations.
Click here to read the announcement (in Japanese).
We will post an English translation shortly.