Tokyo may not be the most popular destination for foreign business executives heading for Asia these days, but the city still offers some big benefits. There’s the clean air, for instance, and of course the world’s best sushi. A financial crisis-induced exodus of expats of late has also meant cheaper rent and easier admission to a certain international preschool in Roppongi.
And to that list comes a new addition: State-of-the-art lounging at the Tokyo American Club, a membership organization where many of the city’s elite expats and their families hang out. The cost of joining the club is substantial: An entrance fee of 3 million yen (over $36,000) and a monthly fee of 35,000 yen (over $420) for family membership.