The Club has launched a new membership category.
Called Term Regular membership, the option is aimed at expats assigned to Tokyo for up to three years.
With Japan set to host the Rugby World Cup next year and Tokyo staging the Olympic Games the following year, the Club decided to create a category for those people arriving in the capital on short-term stints.
The new option was approved by the Board of Governors earlier this year.
As part of the Club's ongoing incentive program, Members who introduce somebody who joins the Club will receive a ¥40,000 Club voucher.
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 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 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.
Yume is the only Guest Studio to feature a Gold Phantom speaker by French audio brand Devialet.
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.