Most Japanese people don't want to become politicians because the job lacks creativity.
For Ichiro Asahina's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Greater involvement by families and local communities can stimulate the curiosity of young potential leaders and cultivate their spirit of adventure.
Japan has what it takes to serve as an intermediary state on the world's diplomatic stage.
Japan's gradual approach to welcoming unskilled labor from abroad helps ensure the maintenance of social harmony.
It will be essential for the next LDP president to aggressively promote decentralization, in particular in transferring tax revenue sources to municipalities.
There's a better way to increase tax revenue than raising the consumption tax.
Many steps can be taken to boost the shrinking population.
Lawmakers must place priority on national interests, not partisan politics.
Using more technical methods to ensure transparency in government procedures would be the best solution to prevent another Moritomo scandal.