18 Aug 2016

Remembering Richard Cropp

Former Club President Richard Cropp passed away in Tokyo on August 13 at the age of 85.

Joining the Club in 1972, he served on the Board and a number of committees before becoming president in 1990.

The longtime Japan resident and Florida Military Academy alumnus reflected on his two years as Club president in an interview with iNTOUCH magazine in 2011.

Richard was also director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 1980 to 1990.

He is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

28 Jul 2016

Koichi Wakata to Receive Club Award

The Club will honor Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata with its Distinguished Achievement Award at an event on September 14.

Qualifying as a mission specialist in 1993, Wakata has racked up 347 days in space over four missions.

Most recently, he spent six months aboard the International Space Station, from November 2013 to May 2014, which included a stint as station commander.

“[This award] is quite an honor, but it would have been impossible to receive it without the teamwork I was lucky to be a part of," Wakata said. "I really appreciate my team members and mentors who have helped me take on the challenges of human spaceflight."

Established in 1995, the Distinguished Achievement Award celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions to society and international relations, especially between the United States and Japan.

Past recipients include print artist Toko Shinoda, scholar Edward Seidensticker and astronaut Mamoru Mohri.

04 Jul 2016

Relief Fund Raises Over ¥1.2 Million

The Club raised more than ¥1.2 million for its Kumamoto relief fund.

The fund, which concluded with the Kumamoto Charity Wine Dinner on July 1, will be used for recovery work in parts of Kyushu struck by a series of earthquakes earlier this year.

Donations will go to support the relief efforts of Second Harvest Japan, a Tokyo-based charity that is working with Food Bank Kagoshima to help those in affected areas.

28 Jun 2016

Club Surpasses Relief Fund Goal

The Club has exceeded its Kumamoto relief fund target of ¥1 million.

Following the earthquakes that struck parts of Kyushu, the Club's Culture, Community & Entertainment Committee set up the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund, which has received contributions from Members through the Club website and Members Services.

The fundraising campaign wraps up on July 1 with the Kumamoto Charity Wine Dinner.

Donations will go to support the relief efforts of Second Harvest Japan, a Tokyo-based charity that is working with Food Bank Kagoshima to help those in affected areas.

20 Jun 2016

CHOP Wine List Wins Three Stars Again

CHOP Steakhouse has been awarded three stars for its wine list for a second consecutive year.

The World of Fine Wine magazine bestowed the same top accolade on CHOP's wine collection last year, as well as a world's best medium-sized wine list award.

Now in their third year, the World of Fine Wine awards are "rapidly becoming as coveted as Michelin stars," according to Gerard Basset, the 2010 winner of the best sommelier in the world competition.

"That the CHOP list is dominated by California is not surprising, given that the restaurant is inspired by the steakhouses of the USA. But there are other strengths, too, in a list that also features intelligent choices from Europe and the rest of the New World," concluded the judges last year.

Three stars are awarded to wine lists that have exceptional breadth; a range of leading producers; a good mix of vintages, styles and prices; an extensive by-the-glass program, with a wide selection of half bottles and larger formats; outstanding organization; and originality, personality and vision.