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Our October issue of The Journal takes you into the world of science and technology, exploring applications across a wide range of industries.

For more than a decade, time shifting has defined television consumption, with viewers recording programs to watch at a more convenient time. In recent years, even recording has become passé in the United States, with on-demand streaming video services landing powerful punches on the cable industry. Heavyweights Hulu and Netflix are now eying Japan. But can they succeed in this very different market? And what does it mean for journalism and content created for the public good? We explore the possibilities.

The perfect companion for entertainment is a carefully crafted drink. Japanese whisky has rapidly become one of the most popular spirits both at home and abroad. How did a nation known for sake and shochu come to unseat the world’s traditional whisky makers? We find out what the global taste for Japanese vintages means for the future of the industry.

Security breaches make news every day, understandably creating concern about storing data in the cloud. But there’s no slowing down the Internet of Things, and some 50 billion devices will be online by 2020. Because our lives depend on this connectivity, finding a balance between risk and security is essential. We talk to experts about the current nature of the threat, how it is evolving, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Technology isn’t found only in these connected devices; it’s also being put to work in sports. In November, the America’s Cup will visit Asia for the first time. When the six sailing teams hit the water in Fukuoka, the difference between winning and losing may come down to the sensors and tech covering boat and crew. We learn about the modern approach to this 165-year-old competition.

Medicine is another field that has been transformed by technology. Over the past three decades, research into HIV/AIDS has pushed treatments forward—and women have played a critical role. We learn about some of the female scientists who were inspired by Dr. Francoise Barré-Sinoussi, 2008 recipient of the Nobel Prize for co-discovering the HIV virus, and the progress they have made in fighting this disease.

There’s even more in this issue, including inspiring and innovative ideas in sports and tech to get your imagination going. I hope you enjoy the read.

Christopher Bryan Jones is Editor-in-chief of The Journal. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has lived in Japan since 1997.
There’s no slowing down the Internet of Things, and some 50 billion devices will be online by 2020.