The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

It feels good to be back. When I went on leave in April for the birth of my son, the redesigned Journal had just been born.

With 10 issues now completed, the flagship publication of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) has successfully established itself as “the authority on global business in Japan.”

This year we will continue to deliver original stories on business trends in Japan and the Asia–Pacific region and US–Japan commercial ties, as well as partner and translated content from respected Japanese publications such as the Nikkei Asian Review.

The January issue includes a new regular feature, a translation of updates on recent activity in Japanese government ministries, which appears in the biweekly Keizaikai magazine.

You’ll see many of the same authors we introduced last year, as well as some new faces and columns. We also plan to focus on specific industries each month, to ensure broad coverage across business sectors. January kicks off with the education industry, as well as health and sports.

EdTech Boom
Our lead story charts the rise in popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs), which make university education accessible to students across the globe. Most MOOC students are working professionals looking for career advancement.

As our entrepreneur of the month Allison Baum notes, in the United States, “65 percent of students that are in grade school will end up with jobs that don’t exist yet.”

It seems the link between tech and education will only grow stronger, which could put Japanese elementary schools behind their global counterparts.

As a new mother, and the aunt of an iPad-toting 7-year-old niece back home, I found “From Classroom to Boardroom” insightful. It was surprising to learn that elementary schools here do not, generally, use tablet computers or email for instruction.

With Japan having posted record numbers for international visitors in 2015, our cover story details how entrepreneurs in Hakuba Valley are coping with a surge in tourists, both Japanese and foreign.

Writers Wanted
In the ACCJ section of The Journal, we’ll look to continue passing the pen among chamber leaders and volunteers, spotlighting events hosted by the Chubu, Kansai, and Kanto chapters.

Members are encouraged to send in ideas for stories, and we welcome new writers—no editorial experience required! Having a diverse set of voices in The Journal is an excellent reflection of the diversity in the chamber itself.

We’ve had a call for more photos in this section of the magazine, so expect lots of shots of members enjoying chamber functions.

New this year is a regular section on CSR, showcasing the charitable activities of the chamber and its membership. The summary and photo spread from the 2015 Charity Ball reflect both of these updated features.

Happy holidays!