Kosei Kishimoto. Governor of the Japan District

October 1, 2020
Kohei Masuda, Governor of the Japan District

Kiwanians and supporters throughout Japan, I am Kohei Masuda, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Tokyo, assuming the office of 2020-2021 Governor of the Japan District from October.

I joined Kiwanis in December, 2009. It has been more than a decade since then. Just like many of you, I had not heard of the word “Kiwanis” until I was invited, after leaving the frontline of the government. I must confess that I have not been a devoted Kiwanian. Still, I served as a Public Relations Committee Chair of the Kiwanis Club of Tokyo for three years from October 2011, and the President of the Kiwanis Club of Tokyo during 2017-2018.

With such little experience, “Governor of the Japan District of Kiwanis International” seems a huge responsibility. I may not be as competent as Immediate Past Governor Kishimoto, but I will do my very best.

2020-2021 Action Plan of the Japan District, as was approved by the district board, is as follows:

  1. Increase membership to 2,100. (2,076 as of July, 2020.)
  2. Open 2 new clubs. (39 clubs as of July, 2020.)
  3. Strengthen impacts to communities through opening more SLP clubs, etc.
  4. Revitalize Kiwanis image.
  5. Secure financial viability.
  6. Solicit donations.
  7. Promote international interactions.
  8. Strengthen division roles.

As the governor, I will focus on realizing the plan with you. I have a few things to note in doing so.

First, I would like to pursuit what the Japan District of Kiwanis International is supposed to be. In 2014, I compiled the “50 Years History” of the Kiwanis Club of Tokyo as the Public Relation Committee Chair. During the course, I learned that when the club was chartered in 1964, members were aiming to establish a uniqueness of Tokyo and Japan within Kiwanis International. With this in mind, I would like to consider “what the Japan District of Kiwanis International is”.

Secondly, I would like to encourage unique activity of each club to serve specific needs of the community. This in turn will bring energy to each club.

Lastly, we need to consider how to act during the pandemic. The momentum seems a bit lessened these days, but there is no big difference in infection positive rates from the time a state of emergency was declared last spring. Further prevalence is expected during the fall and winter months. Kiwanis, with its members of relatively high age-group, need to protect members from infection. In this light, regrettably, we had to cancel the District Convention scheduled in September 2019 in Kanazawa, and ASPAC Convention scheduled in March 2020 in Sendai. We will expend all possible means to prevent infection in the future as well.

With these points in mind, I would like to ask for your support to implement the activities this year.