We have to remember the Fukushima nuclear disaster from the perspective of how Japan's system for providing meat, vegetables, rice, fish and other foods is still suffering as a result.
To attain a national minimum for social welfare, some urge introducing a basic income — provision of a fixed sum of money to each citizen — to replace social security, which covers only needy people.
In light of the recent enact of the state secrets protectiion law, it is urgent that Japan improve its handling and disclosure of government information.
Confronted with a worldwide, systemic economic crisis, isn't it time we rethink the foundation of mainstream economic theory and move to change the way we measure the quality of life for mankind?
As in other developed countries, there are many cases of steady and long-enduring social activism in Japan, but they have remained largely unknown until recently.