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Takamitsu Sawa
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 16, 2018
Drastic employment changes are coming
The crucial question is whether technological renovation can create enough new employment opportunities to make up for jobs lost to technology.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 18, 2018
Computers may reshape jobs, but they won't eliminate them
Take predictions that artificial intelligence and robots will cause massive unemployment in the future with a grain of salt.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 12, 2018
What jobs will be lost to AI and robotics?
If no measures are taken, AI and robots are certain to push humankind to the rock bottom of misery.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 20, 2018
Adapting to the fourth industrial revolution
Now is the time for launching open discussions in earnest on how to wisely adapt to the disruption that the fourth industrial revolution is expected to bring about.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 16, 2018
Why AI won't replace doctors yet
IBM's Watson supercomputer lacks one key element that experienced physicians have in abundance — tacit knowledge.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 12, 2018
The future shape of Japan's energy policy
Moves toward less nuclear power will be inevitable in Japan, with renewable energy playing the principal role by 2050.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 17, 2018
Lies and the lying bureaucrats who tell them
The current political situation characterized by the domination of the prime minister's office has ruined the pride of career bureaucrats.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 14, 2018
Japan's universities struggling under corporate status
Instead of making education and research more efficient, the conversion of national universities into university corporations has increased inefficiency.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 24, 2018
The decoupling of economic growth and convenience
Consumers have begun to behave more rationally, and that is reducing economic growth.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 25, 2018
The elderly are dominating Japan's fitness clubs
Japanese gyms are almost totally monopolized by people of middle and advanced ages, especially those over 65, and have become indispensable arenas for their socializing.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 20, 2018
New entrance exam isn't the right answer
The government is putting the cart before the horse by testing students' ability to think critically without first changing how they are taught.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 24, 2018
Toward a zero marginal cost society
By reducing marginal costs of goods and services to nearly zero, the internet and renewable energy are revolutionizing society.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 24, 2017
Why Japan's universities continue to fall in global rankings
In 2013, the government's council on resuscitation of education called for having at least 10 Japanese universities among global top 100 within a decade. But the target now seems out of reach.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 13, 2017
Where Koike's new political party lost hope
Japan needs a two-party system, sooner rather than later.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 24, 2017
What electric vehicles portend for the future
The widespread use of electric vehicles would be good for the environment, but could be bad news for millions of workers in the automotive industry.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 21, 2017
How Kake Gakuen's application process bucked the norm
School operator Kake Gakuen's application to open a new veterinary medicine department strayed from well established procedures.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 20, 2017
Koike versus Abe in the populist politics stakes
Even if Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike creates a new political party, it's inconceivable that it will become a major player in national politics.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 19, 2017
Trump's climate decision won't matter
U.S. President Donald Trump probably pulled America out of the Paris climate accord to bolster his sagging popularity ratings, but the rest of the world may benefit as well.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 20, 2017
Populism sapping the strength of mainstream parties
A paradigm shift is taking place in the political landscape of major industrialized countries.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 21, 2017
Goodbye globalism, hello mercantilism?
It appears all but certain that the age of globalization, which lasted for a quarter century, will come to an end.

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals