The Club will honor former Japanese diplomat Ichiro Fujisaki with its Distinguished Achievement Award at a presentation ceremony on March 14.
The son of a diplomat, Fujisaki was Japan's ambassador to the United States between 2008 and 2012.
During a foreign service career that spanned more than 40 years, he also served as his country's ambassador to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva.
“Ambassador Fujisaki has dedicated his life to promoting international relations among countries,” says Jeff McNeill, one of the award committee members. “He is a wonderful role model for the younger generation in a world where communication is becoming increasingly globalized.”
Previous award recipients include Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (2016), pioneering mountaineer Junko Tabei (2014) and Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1999).
The Club has been named in the Platinum City Clubs of the World top 100 list.
The inaugural ranking of city clubs—following the organization's established top 100 golf and country clubs—features membership clubs from 34 countries.
Nearly 500 city clubs were assessed on six criteria, including amenity and facility excellence, professional service levels, governance and management, and adaptability.
“This award puts Tokyo American Club in a position of great respect and is a testament to the Club’s outstanding leadership and management who inspire the staff to deliver a five-star Platinum experience,” says James Swank, director of Club Leaders Forum, which runs the Platinum Clubs of the World scheme.
According to Swank, Platinum Clubs of the World represents the top 1 percent of all private clubs around the globe.
This most recent recognition follows the Club's Distinguished Club citation last year.
The Club is set to unveil its latest new-look Guest Studio.
The design of the former Mac overnight room blends a 1950s modernist style with Japanese aesthetics, according to the room's designers, Scandinavian Modern.
Renamed Yume, the Japanese word for dream, the room opens on January 29 and becomes the second Guest Studio to feature two queen-size beds.
“They are a more comfortable option for travelers who wish to sleep separately and help us meet the needs of Members and guests who are traveling with family,” says Jonathan Allen, the Club’s Member Services director.
Longtime Club Member Isamu Kamata passed away on January 3 at the age of 89.
Joining the Club in 1975, he was an enthusiastic member of the Club's Culture Committee for more than 25 years.
The Gakushuin University graduate was a close friend of Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito.
His relationship with the imperial household was instrumental in ensuring the family's support of Club activities.
He discussed the future of Japan's imperial family in a 2012 interview with the Club's INTOUCH magazine.
Kamata-san is survived by his wife and daughter.
Repairs to the Club’s main entrance driveway have started and will continue through the end of February.
The much-needed work on the first-floor brick driveway is scheduled for weekdays (except national holidays), between 8am and 5pm.
While taxis still have access to the Club entrance during this period, first-floor parking is unavailable on weekdays.
The B1 parking area remains unaffected by the repair work.