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Our August issue of The Journal takes you on a scientific journey, with stops here on Earth and in orbit.

Few things are more critical to society than education. Understanding the interplay between science, technology, engineering, and math—collectively known as STEM—is key to our future. On page 21 we welcome back former Editor-in-Chief Brandi Goode to learn how four amazing women are leading the way in STEM-related fields as teachers and scientists.

Leaving classrooms and laboratories behind, we hitch a ride with Astroscale Japan and settle into low Earth orbit. Once there, we’re shocked at what litterbugs we’ve become. The amount of space junk now orbiting our planet is becoming an obstacle to progress, affecting spaceflight and even car navigation systems. The cleanup begins on page 16 with the help of experts in the US and Japan, who share with us their insight and plans for a less cluttered future.

Cleaning up the environment here on the ground is also important, and automaker Tesla is changing the nature of electric vehicles. With the impending arrival of the Tesla 3—an affordable all-electric sedan—the American company is positioned to succeed in the Japanese market where other US brands have failed. Our automotive story on page 24 examines their plans, as well as those of another successful player: Jeep.

Those who want to change the world need an inspiring place to think and work. New ideas need new environments, and this is driving the evolution of the office itself. Japan is warming up to the idea of office spaces that shed tradition in favor of synergy with the personalities of their inhabitants. Our cover story, on page 8, uncovers the wide array of options available in Tokyo, how companies are increasing productivity and profits through reimagined workspaces, and where even individual entrepreneurs can find a place to call their own.

To sustain this high level of creativity and innovation, we need to rest from time to time. For many of us, football is how we unwind. Before our next issue is published, the college and professional seasons will be under way in the United States. But did you know that the game also has footing in Japan, with roots that go back nearly a century? Our latest look at sports diplomacy takes you to the gridiron to uncover how 100 yards of grass connect the US and Japan. Take the field on page 28.

These topics merely scratch the surface of a packed issue filled with science, tech, and leisure. I hope you enjoy the read, and have safe travels during this busy month of vacations and social events.

Christopher Bryan Jones is Editor-in-chief of The Journal. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has lived in Japan since 1997.
Those who want to change the world need an inspiring place to think and work.