Due to demographic changes, the welfare state that many developed countries aimed to create in the mid-20th century is now out of reach.
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Inviting more highly talented and skilled workers from overseas will be crucial to raising Japan's productivity in the future.
As its population declines, Japan must make the right policy choices to ensure it has a sufficent labor force.
The government needs to come up with bold policies to redirect the population flow away from Tokyo.
With Japan entering unprecedented demographic territory, the time to act is now.