Experts grope for vision for Japan

by Alex Martin

Nine leading experts from various fields held a symposium Wednesday in Tokyo to call for a comprehensive vision for Japan’s future amid a world of uncertainty.

Before Wednesday’s symposium at the Japan National Press Club, the members of the group, Shin Kokka Bijon Iinkai, or The Committee for a New National Vision, had met five times since its formation last spring.

“Each of us met during our spare time to discuss possible solutions Japan may employ in surviving and even prospering in the current financial and ecological crisis the world is facing,” said group member Hideki Kato, a professor at Keio University and founder of the nonprofit think tank Koso Nippon (Japan Initiative).

“The world is facing a great period of transition, and Japan is in need of a fundamental change in its system,” Kazuo Inamori, honorary chairman of Kyocera Corp., said in the forum’s opening speech.