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With Tokyo being the great metropolis that it is, there is a variety of avenues for networking and building new friendships from expat business groups and professional organizations, to private membership clubs and interest groups. There are a variety of ways to identify these groups, including Metropolis Magazine (http://www.metropolis.co.jp) and Tokyo Meetup Groups (http://www.meetup.com/cities/jp/tokyo/).

Business and Professional Organizations

Chambers of Commerce are a great networking source including the American Chamber of Commerce (http://www.accj.or.jp) which is the most active foreign Chamber in Japan, the British Chamber of Commerce (http://www.bccjapan.com), and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (http://www.cccj.or.jp), among others. The main goal of these Chambers of Commerce is to strengthen business ties between Japan and their country. They often hold social activities to encourage networking. See each specific Chamber website for more information.

Some of the more prominent organizations for networking include:

  • The Entrepreneur Association of Tokyo (http://www.ea-tokyo.com), led by Dave Mori, an entrepreneur himself. EA-Tokyo was founded to promote and support entrepreneurship in Japan.