The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

A positive and nurturing environment is critical to success, both in our busi­ness and personal lives, and leading companies are hard at work on ways to improve our well-being. In this issue of The ACCJ Journal, we explore the trends that are shaping tomorrow with a focus on the health of mind, body, and the city in which we live.

One of the biggest challenges facing Japan is caring for an aging society. More than 28 percent of Japan’s population is aged 65 or older, and the strain placed on the nation’s healthcare system is growing. We learn about advances in digital health that can help us stay fit longer and better manage treatment (The Digital Health Revolution). We find out why funding for vaccinations could be a key to managing future healthcare with fewer resources (Vaccines for Adults).

Mental health is also an important issue in Japan—one that has long lived in the shadows. Societal taboos have stopped many from talking about and receiving treatment for problems; but that is changing. We talk to clinical psychologist Andrew Grimes about the evolution of mental healthcare in Japan over the past three decades, as well as how he and his team assist young people affected by natural disaster. (Mindful Care)

Keeping the nation’s workers in prime condition is a top priority for the Japanese government, and different approaches to transforming decades of business tradition are being promoted. One initiative found in the government’s Action Plan for the Realization of Work Style Reform is the encouragement of second jobs and expertise sharing. We talk to industry leaders about what this could mean for companies and workers, and whether the idea will bring growth or problems. (Second Jobs)

The place in which we live has a huge impact on our overall happiness and well-being. The most attractive cities offer not only an optimal business environment but also a cultural one. We explore a new art collaboration designed to boost Tokyo’s standing in the annual Global Power City Index to attract more visitors and boost the economy—in digital fashion. (Digital Domain)

We also learn about the plans of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Healthcare Committee to advance discussion of healthcare policy in 2018. The Sustainable Health & Retirement Initiative will develop a multi-stakeholder, proactive blueprint for the future sustainability of Japan’s social security system, and produce a health & retirement white paper and hold a summit in the fall. We delve into how it aligns with the ACCJ’s core advocacy goals. (Sustainable Healthcare)

So, read on and stay healthy as we head into summer.

Christopher Bryan Jones is Editor-in-Chief of The ACCJ Journal. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has lived in Japan since 1997.