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It’s October—the eighth month of the year. That’s according to the old Roman calendar. But most of the world lives by the Gregorian calendar, making this the tenth month of the year.

How is this? Some linguistic code breaking is required—octo is Latin for eight. Due to historical accident, we are stuck with passing off the “eighth” month for the “tenth.”

What’s more, since 2004, October has been National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States.

Unsurprisingly, this issue of The Journal is replete with themes of breaking codes, charting new territory, and encountering new challenges.

Transnational collaboration, risk-taking, and creating new values are also a common thread.

The lead story opens a window onto the life of an American writer and a Japanese architect who re-drew both social and architectural rules and built something new.

Still on the theme of buildings, the real estate market in Japan is brought under scrutiny this month, revealing a microcosm of shifting economic sands that are shaping up in Japan’s favor.

And the same applies to the Internet, as shown by our syndicated content, where Yahoo! JAPAN and Sony are joining forces to shake up the property market online.

Speaking of the Internet, Tech in Asia’s conference in Tokyo brought together founders, investors, and startup entrepreneurs in an extravaganza of Internet Economy pioneers.

As with the explorers of yesteryear, the gold rush risk-takers of the 21st century are hacking their way through thickets of zeros and ones, and clearing new digital paths for a brave new global economy.

Caught in the middle of this new global wave, the city of Tokyo is redefining itself, while trying to keep a hold of its identity.

With the winds of change and globalization picking up, Japan is taking the necessary steps to increase its competitiveness, as shown by an insider who is cracking the country’s corporate governance code.

Speaking of being fit for purpose, the Internet of Things, unarguably the greatest development since the “industrial revolution,” is set to change the world as we know it.

These changes are reflected in the business section of this issue, as well as in the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) section.

And this begs the question: how will technology affect human-to-human interaction? Will the new economy benefit all of humanity? Will the bots take over entirely?

Some of these questions are taken up in “The New Tower of Babel” and in the cover story, “Code-breaker: Hacking the system for women entrepreneurs.”

The perfect complement to the ACCJ Kansai chapter’s report—on its successful Women in business summit—our cover story shows how Japanese entrepreneur Ari Horie is cracking the code of entrepreneurship, enabling women to ride the new waves of the Internet economy, and set sail into uncharted territory.

As always, we hope you enjoy the read, and we encourage your feedback.