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Our June issue of The Journal takes you from Okinawa to Hokkaido for a tour of Japan’s diverse event locations, with stops for good eating along the way.

As we head into June, the season for travel and gatherings is heating up. It’s the perfect opportunity to encourage a rapid uptake of all facets of the MICE industry, which the Japanese government and travel authorities are keen to promote. We visit the warm weather of Okinawa and the cool clime of Hokkaido to explore the many exciting and culturally fulfilling options Japan has to offer.

The question is, what does it take to succeed in the tough food and beverage industry? Sometimes having the best idea—or the best food—isn’t enough. The entrepreneurs behind three restaurants—two successful and one failed—share their experiences, explaining what has worked and what hasn’t. To gain insight, follow us down these culinary paths.

Four years from now, Tokyo will be abuzz with the excitement of the Summer Olympic Games; but what happens five years from now … or 10? Can the city avoid the post-Games fizzle experienced by Sydney and Athens, and instead realize the success of London? We find out what life might be like for venues beyond 2020, and how Tokyo can ensure that the flame burns brightly for years to come.

Even before the Games, transportation in Tokyo will take on a different look—beginning with some big changes at Haneda. Later this year, US air carriers will commence new daytime flights from the centrally located airport. How will this affect your business travel? Key players tell us the reasons the revised Open Skies agreement will bring increased competition and better options for travelers.

Lastly, this month marks another milestone for the tireless work of the Women in Business Committee (WIB), whose efforts to effect gender equality in the workplace are critical to the future of the country and economy. After two years of development, the newest WIB white paper Untapped Potential will be unveiled on June 1. We’ll have coverage of the event next time, but you can find out why the paper is so important in this issue’s ACCJ Leader column.

There’s much more in these pages to inspire your business and family lives, so read on and have a wonderful start to summer.

Christopher Bryan Jones is Editor-in-chief of The Journal. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has lived in Japan since 1997.
After two years of development, the newest WIB white paper Untapped Potential will be unveiled on June 1.