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Our July issue of The Journal celebrates visions of a better future—at work, at home, and at school.

There is strength in diversity. It seems like common sense, yet we struggle to shed the ways of the past and embrace our potential. When it comes to gender equality in the workplace, the Women in Business Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) has a strong vision of how companies can effect change. This change will not only make life better for women in the workforce, but for companies themselves.

I had the pleasure on June 1 of attending the launch event for the committee’s white paper, Untapped Potential. The stories shared by the authors, and the tangible progress demonstrated by the guest speakers, prove that diversity and equality are not out of reach. In our July issue, I share with you an inside look at the event and the 10 recommendations for achieving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s 2020/30 goal.

These diverse teams of the future are going to need an improved place to live and work. With urban populations expected to increase 12 percent over the next three decades, technology is being called upon to balance the load. We look ahead to a city that is smart, in which energy, information, and artificial intelligence merge. Step through the looking glass for a peek at Japan’s future.

For our children, smart cities won’t seem like something out of science fiction; they’ll just be home. So it’s important that we prepare them well with a forward-looking education. Tokyo and Yokohama are replete with options that combine the best elements of curricula from around the world. To help you pick the right school, The Journal spoke with representatives of nine institutions, and you can make your choice.

The transition from school to job can be difficult for some—especially those Japanese students who study abroad. Although the experience gained is extremely valuable, absence from Japan during university can put them at a disadvantage. Dr. Stephen A. Zurcher, vice president of the Kansai chapter, outlines a new ACCJ program that aims to change this. With the help of 11 member companies, the internship pilot program will support these students as they return home.

Our future may be intertwined with technology, but Japan’s traditional arts have a way of evolving and remaining relevant. Our Revision Japan column returns with a visit to the banks of the Sumida River, where echoes of the Edo Period soothe the modern Tokyoite.

There’s much more in this issue to energize, educate, and even sweep you away from city life altogether. So read on and have a wonderful Fourth of July.

Christopher Bryan Jones is Editor-in-chief of The Journal. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has lived in Japan since 1997.
We look ahead to a city that is smart, in which energy, information, and artificial intelligence merge.