This year marked Yumi's 20th year of ACCJ membership and her first term as an ACCJ governor. Her ACCJ membership began with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in 1998 where she served as Director of Public Advocacy and Policy for nearly a decade. She then joined Bristol-Myers K.K. as Executive Officer and Senior Director of Public Affairs and Policy before joining Coca-Cola (Japan) in 2013.
Over the years, the ACCJ was fortunate to benefit from Yumi's energy and talent. She regularly joined the annual Diet Doorknock and contributed her expertise to multiple ACCJ committees, including the Women in Business Committee and the Healthcare Committee.
In honor of Yumi, the ACCJ will make a charitable donation to Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) in her name.
Yumi's talent, professional dedication and friendship will be remembered and missed by all of her many friends in the Chamber. We extend our gratitude and condolences to her family at this very sad time.