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AmCham Okinawa Colleague – May 2012 Golden Week is now behind us, and our ACCO plate is full for the re- mainder of the month. We continue to be excited about how our Cham- ber is interfacing with the Okinawan and military base communities. I thank each of you for your commitment and involvement. The Chamber Connection April 20th at the Seamen’s Club Naha was a huge success, and we are already planning the next one. For those who’ve missed the ex- planations, the Chamber Connection is our ACCO mem- bership recruiting and recognition tool, inviting prospec- tive members, new members, ACCO officers, governors and committee chairpersons, and YOU, the members, to meet in an informal, social setting to get to know each other better. Networking is the key to expanding our reach into the community. CanNa Resort Villa celebrated its sixth anniversary in April, and both ACCO Secretary Mickey Weissert and I represented our organization. Okinawa’s Governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, officiated at ceremonies and a re- ception with the launch of Mandarin Airlines’ Taiwan to Okinawa service at the Loisir Hotel. Past President Walt Christiansen and I represented ACCO at this event, and had discussions on how ACCO can increase its support for tourism-related activities. Our Chamber leadership was much in evidence at the Ryukyu Taiwan Women’s Association 15th year an- niversary party at the Pacific Hotel in Naha. Hostess and organization president Alice Kawaki, a strong ACCO sup- porter, had more than 400 people present at the eve- ning gala, during which five remarkable mothers were honored. And last but not least, ACCO Vice President Lemont Whiteside represented us at an awards dinner by the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s 1st Marine Air- craft Wing. Today’s General Membership Meeting welcomes Dr. John Wocher. Dr. Wocher is the author of numerous ar- ticles on Japan’s healthcare system, and has been with the Kameda Medical Center since 1991. Dr. Wocher’s presentation will highlight the challenges of Medical Tourism in Japan. Looking ahead to later in the month, our members will be invited to participate in an Off-site Business Event. Our Special Events Committee is working out details, and we’ll be widely distributing the information so you can make plans to attend. Our goal is to combine member- ship activities, educational events, social functions and business-oriented programs as value-added incentives to our members. We’re an active, vibrant Chamber, but we’re far from as great as we can be. The key, of course, is YOU. We want you to get more involved, joining and participating in committees and as many ACCO events and activi- ties as you can. Our officers, governors, committees and past presidents are all listed in the Colleague. Feel free to contact any of us, anytime. See you all soon and thank you for your support. ゴールデンウィークも過ぎ、在沖米国商工会議所(ACCO)は月 末に向け、いろいろと立て込んできました。ACCOは、地域や米軍 と連動していることを嬉しく思いま す。皆様のACCOの活動へのご参 加にお礼申し上げます。 4月20日(金)、シーメンズクラ ブにて開催されたチェンバーコネ クションは大成功に終わり、すで に次回の開催に向け取り組んで います。チェンバーコネクション は、ACCOへの入会を検討されて いる方々、新会員、役員・理事、委 員会担当者が気軽に集まり、親睦 を深めることを目的としています。 ネットワークは、拡大への鍵となり ます。 4月13日(金)、アムスホテルズ カンナリゾートヴィラの6周年記念 5ページへつづく Continued on Page 5 http://www.amchamokinawa.org [email protected] TEL: (098) 898-5401 FAX: (098) 898-5411 May 2012 President’s First Word Mr. Tony Sakuda, President 会頭 佐久田 トニー
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AmCham Okinawa Colleague – May 2012

Golden Week is now behind us, and our ACCO plate is full for the re-mainder of the month. We continue to be excited about how our Cham-ber is interfacing with the Okinawan

and military base communities. I thank each of you for your commitment and involvement.

The Chamber Connection April 20th at the Seamen’s Club Naha was a huge success, and we are already planning the next one. For those who’ve missed the ex-planations, the Chamber Connection is our ACCO mem-bership recruiting and recognition tool, inviting prospec-tive members, new members, ACCO officers, governors and committee chairpersons, and YOU, the members, to meet in an informal, social setting to get to know each other better. Networking is the key to expanding our reach into the community.

CanNa Resort Villa celebrated its sixth anniversary in April, and both ACCO Secretary Mickey Weissert and I represented our organization. Okinawa’s Governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, officiated at ceremonies and a re-ception with the launch of Mandarin Airlines’ Taiwan to Okinawa service at the Loisir Hotel. Past President Walt Christiansen and I represented ACCO at this event, and had discussions on how ACCO can increase its support for tourism-related activities.

Our Chamber leadership was much in evidence at the Ryukyu Taiwan Women’s Association 15th year an-niversary party at the Pacific Hotel in Naha. Hostess and organization president Alice Kawaki, a strong ACCO sup-porter, had more than 400 people present at the eve-

ning gala, during which five remarkable mothers were honored. And last but not least, ACCO Vice President Lemont Whiteside represented us at an awards dinner by the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s 1st Marine Air-craft Wing.

Today’s General Membership Meeting welcomes Dr. John Wocher. Dr. Wocher is the author of numerous ar-ticles on Japan’s healthcare system, and has been with the Kameda Medical Center since 1991. Dr. Wocher’s presentation will highlight the challenges of Medical Tourism in Japan.

Looking ahead to later in the month, our members will be invited to participate in an Off-site Business Event. Our Special Events Committee is working out details, and we’ll be widely distributing the information so you can make plans to attend. Our goal is to combine member-ship activities, educational events, social functions and business-oriented programs as value-added incentives to our members.

We’re an active, vibrant Chamber, but we’re far from as great as we can be. The key, of course, is YOU. We want you to get more involved, joining and participating in committees and as many ACCO events and activi-ties as you can. Our officers, governors, committees and past presidents are all listed in the Colleague. Feel free to contact any of us, anytime.

See you all soon and thank you for your support.

ゴールデンウィークも過ぎ、在沖米国商工会議所(ACCO)は月末に向け、いろいろと立て込んできました。ACCOは、地域や米軍

と連動していることを嬉しく思います。皆様のACCOの活動へのご参加にお礼申し上げます。

4月20日(金)、シーメンズクラブにて開催されたチェンバーコネクションは大成功に終わり、すでに次回の開催に向け取り組んでいます。チェンバーコネクションは、ACCOへの入会を検討されている方々、新会員、役員・理事、委員会担当者が気軽に集まり、親睦を深めることを目的としています。ネットワークは、拡大への鍵となります。

4月13日(金)、アムスホテルズカンナリゾートヴィラの6周年記念

5ページへつづくContinued on Page 5

http://[email protected]

TEL: (098) 898-5401FAX: (098) 898-5411

May 2012President’s First WordMr. Tony Sakuda, President会頭 佐久田 トニー

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[email protected] www.amchamokinawa.orgTo advertise in the Colleague Contact the American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa

at (098) 898-5401 or [email protected]

The American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa

Committees

Protocol CommitteeCommittee Chair: Prof. Bien Panganiban

Membership CommitteeCommittee Chair: Justin Wentworth IV

Trade & Labor Committee / OJACCCommittee Chair: Joseph C. ThompsonVice Committee Chair: Munenori Gushiken

Financial & Tax CommitteeCommittee Chair: Richard Boudreault

Special Events CommitteeCommittee Chair: Walt ChristiansenVice Committee Chair: Rose Liggayu-Raymundo

Programs CommitteeCommittee Chair: Sayaka ToyokayaAdvisor: James Pogue

APCAC LiaisonCommittee Chair: Ray Payne

Military Liaison CommitteeCommittee Chair: Lemont WhitesideVice Committee Chair: Art Arao

Constitution By-LawsCommittee Chair: Jusin Wentworth IV

Public Relations / CommunityRelations Committee

Committee Chair: Jarrett OtaVice Committee Chair: Dr. Scott Goldberg

Local Liaison CommitteeCommittee Chair: Sayaka ToyokawaVice Committee Chair: Nobukatsu Miyaguni

Information Technology CommitteeCommittee Chair: -Advisor: Mickey Weissert

Nominating CommitteeCommittee Chair: Hawari Habrawi

Tourism & Hospitality CommitteeCommittee Co-Chair: Dennis TortonaCommittee Co-Chair: Carl BastianCommittee Vice-Chair: Cindy Kawaguchi

Education CommitteeCommittee Chair: Mike Holland

The American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa

2012 Officers

PresidentTony SakudaOkinawa Tourist Service

Vice PresidentLemont WhitesideAmerican Engineering Corp.

Vice PresidentJustin Wentworth IVLloyd & Heinz, Ltd.

SecretaryMickey WeissertKDDI Okinawa Co., Ltd.

TreasurerRichard BoudreaultAmerican Engineering Corp.

2012 Board of Governors

James Pogue, Immediate Past PresidentFareast Service Company

Walt ChristiansenUnited Seamen’s Service

Hawari HabrawiPhoenix Corporation

Nobukatsu MiyaguniNoBu

Jarrett Ota Individual Member

Bien PanganibanRyukyu Classical Academy

Ray PayneEastern Star Corporation

Joseph C. ThompsonJ.C. Thompson Corporation

Sayaka ToyokawaInterlink Okinawa Ltd.

Past Presidents

Justin Wentworth III - ‘85, ‘88, ‘89Lloyd & Heinz, Ltd.

Gilbert Hoffman - ‘88, ‘94, ‘95Sunabe Corporation

Joseph Thompson - ‘96, ‘97, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07J.C. Thompson Corporation Michael Oshiro - ‘98, ‘99Ameku Enterprise, Ltd.

Michael Kelly - ‘01, ‘02Aladdin Trading Co.

Walt Christiansen - ‘03, ‘04United Seamen’s Service

William Kelly - ‘08, ‘09Trans World Assurance Company

Colleague Editorial Staff Editor Mickey Weissert Layout Mickey Weissert Translations Megumi Shinjo

The AmCham Colleague is published by the American Chamber of Commerce Okinawa (ACCO Okinawa), a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.

ACCOkinawa, P.O. Box 235, Okinawa City, Okinawa, Japan 904-8591Phone (098) 898-5401Fax (098) 898-5411Office Hours 9am – 5pm Mon-Fri

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American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa

DR. JOHN C. WOCHER, M.H.A., FACHEジョン・C・ウォーカー

Executive Vice PresidentThe Kameda Medical Center

DirectorInternational Affairs/International Patient Services

医療法人鉄蕉会亀田総合病院特命副院長・国際関係部長

学  歴

1978年    メリーランド大学卒業(政治学士)1982年    ベイラー大学MHA(病院管理額修士)取得1991年    メリーランド大学アジア学士取得  

職  歴

1961年~ アメリカ海軍本部および各地(含、日本)海軍基地医療         サービス部勤務1988年    アメリカ海軍横須賀基地医療サービス部長1991年    医療法人鉄蕉会亀田総合病院管理部長1996年    医療法人鉄蕉会特命副院長

全米医療管理者学会特別研究員 全米診療管理者学会会員 アイオワ大学医学部客員教授 アイオワ大学大学院病院管理学専攻指導教官

http://www.amchamokinawa.org

May 2012 Guest Speaker

Dr. John Wocher is the author of numerous articles on Japan’s healthcare system, and has been with the Kameda Medical Center since 1991, and currently is the Executive Vice President for Administration as well as the Director, International Affairs and International Patient Services. The Kameda Medical Center is an 802 bed private teaching hospital, with a freestanding ambulatory care center which averages more than 3000 outpatient visits per day. Kameda achieved full ISO9001 certification in March of 2001, was ranked 4/100 by Nikkei Publications in 2001, and 5/100 by Weekly Asahi in October of 2002. In 2006 Trendy Magazine ranked Kameda #1. Kameda is additionally accredited by the British Standards Institute, The United Kingdom Accrediting Services, the Japan Accrediting Board, and the Japan Information Processing Development Corporation (Privacy Mark Certified). In 2007 Kameda won a “Best Wired” hospital award for Information technology, and a “Best Practice” hospital award from the Bertelsmann Foundation. In August 2009, Kameda became the first hospital in Japan to achieve Joint Commission International Accreditation. John has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland in Japanese Studies and Asian Studies. As a Preceptor for the University of Iowa’s Graduate Program in Hospital and Health Services Administration, John has mentored 18 graduate students from that program who completed three-month summer internships at Kameda.

He wrote a book, translated into Japanese, intended as a patient’s guide to hospitalization in Japan, published by Nikkei Book Publishing Company, in October of 2000 – “Nippon no Byoin” In February of 2003, his second book – Patient Safety Guide to Hospitalization was published in Korea (in Hangul).

On 1 September 2010, John became a Consultant, Joint Commission International.

AmCham Okinawa Colleague – May 20122

Medical Tourism Challenges For Japan日本におけるメディカルツーリズムの課題

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祝賀会が開催され、私とミッキー・ワイザートACCO書記がACCOを代表し、出席しました。4月14日(土)

には、沖縄県知事主催の華信航空台中―那覇定期路線初便歓迎レセプションがロワジールホテルにて開催され、私とウォルト・クリスチャンセンACCO理事がACCOを代表し、出席しました。ACCOがどのように観光関連活動への支援を強化していくことができるかを話し合いました。

4月28日(土)には、ACCOの強力な支援者でもある川木 アリス様が会長を務める琉球台湾婦人会の結成十五周年記念、琉球台湾模範母親表彰祝賀会がパシフィックホテル沖縄にて開催され、多くのACCO役員・理事、会員が出席しました。400名以上が出席し、5名の方々が模範母親として表彰されました。4月26日(木)、米海兵隊航空協会主催の第7回ジョー・フォス スクワドゥロン受賞祝賀会がバトラーオフィサーズクラブにて開催され、レモント・ホワイトサイドACCO副会頭がACCOを代表し、出席しました。

本日の定例会には、医療法人鉄蕉会亀田総合病院 特命副院長・国際関係部長 ジョン・C・ウォーカー氏をお招きしており、「日本におけるメディカルツーリズムの課題」と題してご講演をいただきます。ウォーカー氏は、日本の医療制度について多くの著書があり、1991年から亀田総合病院に在籍されています。

ACCO特別行事委員会は、オフサイトビジネスイベントを計画しています。詳細が決まり次第、ご案内させていただきます。ACCOの目標は、会員活動、教育的行事、社交の場、ビジネス向けのプログラムを組み合わせ付加価値をつけることです。

ACCOは、活発で、活気のある組織ですが、会員の皆様が、委員会に参加し、ACCOの行事や活動に参加することでより活発で活気のある組織となります。役員・理事、委員会担当者、元会頭がこの会報誌に記載されていますので、お気軽にご連絡ください。

皆様の日頃のご支援にお礼申し上げます。

General Membership Meeting April 6, 20122012年(平成24年)4月6日 開催定例会

New Members

FFrom left: Mr. Takeshi Higaonna, Naha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Young Entrepreneurs Group Representative to the ACCO, Assistant Director, Information and Communications Department, Ryuseki Trading Inc. and ACCO President Tony Sakuda 写真左より 那覇商工会議所青年部・りゅうせき商事株式会社 情報通信部 次長 総合通信課 兼 企画広報課 課長 東恩納 猛様、 佐久田 トニーACCO会頭

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From left: Mr. Hidenori Shinzato, Executive Director, Kyohara-Gumi Co., Ltd. and ACCO President Tony Sakuda 写真左より 株式会社 鏡原組 常務取締役 新里英則様、 佐久田 トニーACCO会頭

From left: Mr. Marc M. Wall, Minister-Counselor of Economic and Science Affairs, Embassy of the United States of America, Tokyo, Japan and ACCO President Tony Sakuda 写真左より 在日米国大使館 経済・科学 担当公使 マーク・M・ウォール氏、 佐久田 トニーACCO会頭

For our April program, Marc M. Wall, Minister-Counselor of Economic and Science Affairs, Embassy of the United States of America, Tokyo, Japan presented “Advancing the U.S.-Japan Economic Partnership“. The American Chamber of Commerce on Okinawa thanks Minister-Counselor Wall for his informative and interesting presentation.

4月定例会では、在日米国大使館 経済・科学 担当公使 マーク・M・ウォール氏をお招きし、「日米間経済協力の推進について」と題してご講演をいただきました。大変有益で興味深いご講演をいただきましたことに心よりお礼申し上げます。

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Recent EventsACCO Secretary Mickey Weissert

represented the American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa at the Naha Chamber of Commerce & Industry Women’s Association & YEG Joint Get-Together Wednesday, April 18th at the Kariyushi Urban Resort.

ミッキー・ワイザートACCO書記は、4月18日(水)に沖縄かりゆしアーバンリゾート・ナハにて開催された「平成24年度 那覇商工会議所女性会・青年部合同懇親会」へ出席しました。

From left: Ms. Keiko Suzuki, President, Naha Chamber of Commerce & Industry Women’s Association and ACCO Secre-tary, Mickey Weissert 写写真左より 那覇商工会議所女性会 鈴木 啓子会長、 ミッキー・ワイザートACCO書記

From left: Mr. Yukinobu Soeishi, President, Naha Chamber of Commerce & Industry Young Entrepreneurs Group and ACCO Secretary, Mickey Weissert 写真左より  ミッキー・ワイザートACCO書記、那覇商工会議所青年部 添石 幸伸会長

Recent EventsACCO President Tony Sakuda and

Governor Walt Christiansen attended the Mandarin Airlines Welcome Reception on Saturday, April 14th at the Loisir Hotel in Naha. Mandarin Airlines started service between Taichung and Okinawa on April 4th. The American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa welcomes Mandarin Airlines to Okinawa.

4月14日(土)、ロワジールホテル那覇にて華信航空台中~那覇定期路線初便歓迎レセプションが開催され、佐久田 トニーACCO会頭とウォルト・クリスチャンセンACCO理事が出席しました。

From left: Ms. Annie Huang, General Manager, China Airlines Okinawa Office, ACCO President Tony Sakuda, Jeff Ho, President, Mandarin Air-lines, ACCO Governor Walt Christiansen 写真左より 黄 元玥 中華航空沖縄支店支店長、佐久田 トニーACCO会頭、何 漢業 華信航空社長、ウォルト・クリスチャンセンACCO理事

1ページよりつづきContinued from Page 1

Important Information for Foreigners Living in Japan

The registration system for foreign residents in Japan will be changing in July 2012. The Japanese government will be sending requests for identity confirmation to registered foreigners prior to the changes. You should contact your local city office for details if

your confirmation request does not arrive. More information on the new system is available at the Immigration Bureau of Japan website: http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/en/index.html

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Recent Events

From left: ACCO Tourism & Hospitaliy Committee Chair Mr. Carl Bastian (KPG Group), Mr. Ryoichi Yamato (AMMS HOTELS, CanNa Resort Villa), ACCO President Tony Sakuda, ACCO Member Ms. Robin Miller (Director USO Okinawa), Mr. Eisuke Tokuhara (CEO AMMS International Co., Ltd., CanNa Resort Villa), ACCO Secretary Mr. Mickey Weissert 写真左より カール・バスティアンACCO観光・ホスピタリティー委員会委員長、アムスホテルズ株式会社 執行役員社長 大和 竜一様、佐久田 トニーACCO会頭、USO沖縄 ディレクター ロビン・ミラーACCO会員、アムス・インターナショナル株式会社 代表取締役会長 徳原 榮輔様、ミッキー・ワイザートACCO書記

ACCO members were invited to participate in CanNa Resort Villa′s 6th Anniversary celebration on Friday, 13 April. The American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa thanks the CanNa Resort Villa for their hospitality and the opportunity to experience their new and unique cuisine.

4月13日(金)、アムスホテルズカンナリゾートヴィラの6周年記念祝賀会が開催され、ACCO会員が出席しました。お招きいただきましたことに心よりお礼申し上げます。

From left: Aya Haemori, American Consulate General, Naha, Mr. Shin Koyamada, Heather Eaton, American Consulate General, Naha, ACCO Education Committee Chair Mr. Mike Holland, ACCO Member Mr. Cesar Hernandez and ACCO Member Mr. Michael Martin (front,center) 写写真左より 在沖米国総領事館 南風盛 綾様、ハリウッド俳優、プロデューサー、慈善家、格闘家 小山田 真様、在沖米国総領事館 ヘザー・イートン様、マイク・ホーランドACCO教育委員会委員長、シーザー・エルナンデスACCO会員、マイク・マーティンACCO会員(写真前列中央)

ACCO Education Committee members supported the U.S. Consulate General Naha during their event “In Pursuit of the American Dream” on March 29th at the Urasoe Library promoting English study in the U.S. which featured an appearance by Shin Koyamada who starred in the movie The Last Samurai.

3月29日(木)、在沖米国総領事館・アメリカ情報コーナー共催の講演会が浦添市立図書館にて開催され、ハリウッド映画「ラスト・サムライ」に出演した小山田 真 氏(ハリウッド俳優、プロデューサー、慈善家、格闘家)による講演「アメリカンドリームを追いかけて!」が行われ、ACCO教育委員会のメンバーが応援に参加しました。

ACCO Education Committee members supported the U.S. Consulate General Naha during the Okinawa International Movie Festival at the Convention Center in Ginowan City by assisting at their The Okinawa Contents Land booth by helping to distribute literature and information from March 25th to the 31st.

在沖米国総領事館は、3月24日(土)から31日(土)まで開催された第4回沖縄国際映画祭に米国留学を宣伝するブースを出展し、ACCO教育委員会メンバーが応援に参加しました。

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Economic cyber spies will have a harder time stealing American business plans and research and development as the House took the first step today by passing a cybersecurity bill that will help US companies better protect themselves from dangerous economic predators.

In a show of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives passed the Cyber Information Sharing & Protection Act by a vote of 248 to 168. The bill gives the federal government new authority to share classified cyber threat information with approved American companies and knocks down barriers to cyber threat information sharing. With strong provisions built in to keep individual American’s private information private, the bill allows U.S. businesses to better protect their own networks and their corporate customers from hackers looking to steal intellectual property.

US companies and trade associations anxious to better protect their networks and their customers lined up in droves in a show of strong support for this bill, including Facebook, the US Chamber of Commerce, Boeing, financial trade associations, AT&T, utilities groups, Intel, tech associations, and many others.

“We can’t stand by and do nothing as U.S. companies are hemorrhaging from the cyber looting coming from nation states like China and Russia,” Chairman Rogers said. “America will be a little safer and our economy better protected from foreign cyber predators with this legislation. I commend the bipartisan effort on this bill. And I thank Ranking Member Ruppersberger for his leadership in getting 42 Democrats to join this important legislation. I encourage the Senate to take up the bill soon so we can move it to the President’s desk.”

“One credit card company said that they get attacked

for your personal information 300,000 times a day, one company,” Chairman Rogers said during the open floor debate of the bill. “One company in particular estimated they lost 20,000 good paying manufacturing jobs for Americans because countries like China stole their intellectual property and illegally competed against them in the market place,” Rogers said.

“This is not just a victory on the House floor. This is victory for America. Our nation is one step closer to making a real difference protecting our country from a catastrophic cyber attack. This shows what can happen when Democrats and Republicans work together for the good of our country. This robust, open, bipartisan process made a good bill even better. I look forward to seeing it taken up in the Senate,” said Ranking Member C.A. Ruppersberger.

Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger worked collaboratively for over a year with hundreds of U.S. companies, industry associations, and privacy and civil liberties groups, including the ACLU and the CDT, as the bill was drafted, and through the process of bringing the bill to the House Floor. Their transparency in the process and open engagement with all interested parties, produced a bill that provides the protections American businesses need, while simultaneously protecting the privacy rights of individuals.

By permitting the private sector to expand its own cyber defense efforts and to use classified information to protect its systems and networks, this bill will help create a more robust cybersecurity marketplace with expanded service offerings and jobs. More importantly, this bill does not contain any new federal spending or impose additional federal regulation or unfunded mandates on the private sector.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Press Release:

Rogers-Ruppersberger Cyber Bill Passes HouseCyber Information Sharing & Protection Act (CISPA)

Passes with Vote of 248 to 168

Cyber Information Sharing & Protection Act (CISPA) Mickey Weissert, ACCO Secretary & IT Committee Advisor

The Cyber Information Sharing & Protection Act (CISPA) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on 26 April, 2012. The Act is not without controversy. Please see the below articles for more information. The U.S. Senate will be considering the Act in the near future.

Links to more information:

Summary and Citations: (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Intelligence_Sharing_and_Protection_Act

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

Act Text: http://intelligence.house.gov/bill/cyber-intelligence-sharing-and-protection-act-2011

Press Materials: http://intelligence.house.gov/press-materials

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AmCham Okinawa Colleague – May 20128

ACCO Education CommitteeMission Statement:The American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa (ACCO) Education Committee (EC) is a business organization comprised of professionals

working in the English and IT sectors that aims to support programs that will raise the English level, technical and professional skills, as well as provide the best possible opportunities for all the people in Okinawa. Proficiency in English and technology will help professional growth and enable the people & businesses in Okinawa to be more competitive in today’s global world. We will aid all who want to learn for a variety of social, professional, academic, or personal reasons. Lastly, we will partner with all available resources to help make Okinawa the center for education and international business in Asia & raise the level of English to the highest in all of Japan.Here are some of the ways we hope to accomplish our mission:

• Offer English courses in everything from conversation to business, resume & IT seminars, internships for young Okinawans to gain experience working in American environments and other viable channels of opportunity. • Support IT & English language contests and promote English-related events and resources for non-native speakers on Okinawa.• Offers motivational/inspirational speakers• Support language and culture programs• Through the collaboration of the American and Okinawan communities, develop educational events/programs and projects that will help both personal growth and advance educational opportunities

Current members of the ACCO Education Committee1. Aya Haemori from the US Consulate http://www.http/naha.usconsulate.gov/2. Cesar Hernandez from MCCS http://www.mccsokinawa.com/3. Dr. Melvin Hagan from the University of Phoenix 4. Dr. Scott Goldberg from the University of Phoenix http://www.phoenix.edu/colleges_divisions/military-overseas/asia-pacific/japan/kadena-afb-education-center.html5. Gordon Bolton from Spearpoint http://www.spearpt.com/index.php6. Hazuki Oshiro from Ruble Preschool7. Heather Eaton from the US Consulate http://naha.usconsulate.gov/8. Kae Chinen from Bloominghills Okinawa/Duo International Language School http://www.bloominghillsokinawa.com/ http://www.duo-de-eigo.com/specifictradelaw.html9. Masato Chinen from Okinawa International School http://www.ois-edu.com/10. Mike Holland from English Teachers in Okinawa http://www.studyandinternjapan.com/11. Mike Martin from Busy Bee International School http://www.busybee-school.jp/

Every month the ACCO Education Committee will recommend a few websites. Here are this month’s websites so please take a look:Consulate Twitter link https://twitter.com/#!/USConsulateNaha USUS Consulate website http://naha.usconsulate.gov/Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau http://www.ocvb.or.jp/en/Okinawa Prefecture http://www.pref.okinawa.jp/english/index.html

The ACCO Education Committee is supporting the following upcoming event:Lester Middle School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2012Local and Military Support Organizations Sponsor LMS Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Events

Camp Lester, Okinawa, May 2, 2012 – The American Chamber of Commerce Okinawa (ACCO) and the Personal Service Center on Camp Foster were quick to answer the call to support Lester Middle School’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAH) celebratory events. The ACCO is sponsoring essay, poetry, video and art contests for LMS students. Businesses who are members of the ACCO Education Committee will provide judges and awards to the winners of each contest. Additionally, the ACCO has coordinated with the American Consulate in Naha to invite Japanese students from Okinawa Shogaku Junior High School and Busy Bee International Elementary School to submit entries as well.The LMS after school Craft Club brought in guest artist Atsuko Kinjo of the Personal Service Center on Camp Foster. Ms. Kinjo taught students how to make origami paper clip necklaces and gift boxes for Mother’s Day. She will return with another after school cultural workshop on May 16.The director of Busy Bee International Elementary School, Ms. Sachiko Arakaki and Educational Director, Mr. Michael Martin, will bring 22 of their Eisa dance performers to LMS on May 7, 2012. These students will also perform during the LMS Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Assembly on May 31, 2012. Tony Sakuda, the President of the ACCO, and/or Mike Holland, the Education Committee (EC) Chairman of the ACCO, will attend the LMS Asian Pacific American Heritage Month assembly to present awards to the contest winners. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans, the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. and the completion of the transcontinental railroad which was constructed by Chinese immigrants. May is also important to Okinawa and Japan as it is anniversary of the Okinawa Reversion of 1972 and the gift of 3,020 cherry trees from Japan to the U.S.Contact Information: Lisa TunstallLester Middle School


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