The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

As 2015 draws to a close, we look back at what has gone before us and forward to what lies ahead. We also stop to take stock of where we are, and what we have achieved.

In April, The Journal was re-launched with a fresh look and a new goal—to be “the authority on global business in Japan.”

An exciting new layout was implemented, with a section for business news and one for American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) updates.

With this format, we captured trending news, as well as tidbits that flew below the radar. There were features on women entrepreneurs, aging society, the age of robots, and advocacy positions and activities of ACCJ members. No effort has been spared to bring you stories that matter.

This issue of The Journal carries that standard forward. Our cover story charts the remarkable explorations that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, with support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and others, is pioneering in the sea of space.

Back down on Earth, the 44th Tokyo Motor Show drove into town in the fall, with a number of world and national premieres in tow.

Two industry pieces hold the middle ground in this issue: a report from the star-studded World Marketing Summit 2015, and a feature on opportunities and challenges in Japan’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry.

As we have done since April, we have used our “Entrepreneur” column to showcase a woman entrepreneur. This month, we introduce Asami Matsumoto, CEO and founder of Active Connector.

Matsumoto represents a new generation that is global, local, and entrepreneurial. And that, too, has been the raison d’être of the TOMODACHI Generation, who held their first annual summit this fall.

Three other pieces round out the business section. The “Voices of Japan” column features Megumi Hagiuda, whose flower power company seeks to revolutionize Japan’s relationship with romance and international relations.

The arts and culture feature, moreover, introduces Noh master Naohiko Umewaka, a traditional Japanese theater actor.

And “Media Matters” sheds light on Barron’s Asia, following their first anniversary in the region.

Further, ACCJ President Jay Ponazecki reminds us of the important functions of the chamber, including its 20th Diet Doorknock, which will take place on December 8–10.

As Ponazecki’s presidency comes to an end after two successful years, we all wish her continuing success in the future.

And, lastly, Editor-in-Chief Brandi Goode returns from maternity leave this month to resume control of The Journal.

It has been a pleasure for me to hold the fort—with your generous support—in her absence. So finally from me: wishing you all a great holiday season and New Year.