The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

Our May issue of The Journal takes you into the realm of technology—here on earth and in space.

But before we blast off, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself as the new editor-in-chief of The Journal. As I take over from Brandi Goode, I’m looking forward to continuing the wonderful work she did to strengthen this publication’s position as the authority on global business in Japan.

LUNAR LANDING
Now, let’s set course. Our first stop is the moon, the place where Japanese group Hakuto will land their rovers Tetris and Moonraker should they win the Lunar XPRIZE. The first Japanese team to compete in any of these Google-supported competitions, this collection of volunteers from a variety of industries and countries aims to move the private space sector forward.

Back on earth, we check in on Japan’s adoption of social media and how cosmetics companies hope to hit a home run with nanotechnology.

BATTER UP
Speaking of home runs, we continue our sports diplomacy series with a look at how baseball in the US and Japan—despite differences in style of play and philosophy—unites the two nations. Former MLB pitcher Dennis Sarfate, now of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, shares his thoughts on how Major League players could learn a few things from their Japanese counterparts.

HELPING HAND
As we prepared this issue, disaster struck in Kumamoto. A magnitude 6.2 foreshock on April 14, a 7.0 main shock on April 16, and a series of powerful aftershocks have devastated the area. It is a vivid reminder of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011, about which we speak to former Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki. As co-president of the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, he works to help those affected by that tragedy. The ACCJ is lending a helping hand to victims in Kumamoto, and you can help by visiting the ACCJ website.

There’s much more in this issue to nurture your innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. I hope you enjoy the read and look forward to your feedback on my maiden voyage.

The ACCJ is accepting donations to support recovery from the Kumamoto earthquake. Please visit: accj.or.jp for information
on how to contribute.

Christopher Bryan Jones is Editor-in-chief of The Journal. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has lived in Japan since 1997.
As we prepared this issue, disaster struck in Kumamoto. Visit the front page of the ACCJ website to find out how you can help those affected by the earthquakes.