Ise Shrine can offer world leaders a valuable message when they gather there in May.
Japan can change its image as the democracy where dissent is in detention by holding a debate with dolphin hunt opponent Ric O'Barry before expelling him.
Japan's best-kept educational secret is the world-class Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
While Japan has not been open to accepting refugees amid the current world crisis, it has at least increased its financial contributions to addressing the problem.
Before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flexes his military muscles, indulges himself in historical revisionism and preaches to China about the rule of law, he should observe the principle of rule of law at home.
If Japan wants to raise its own profile in the world, along with its universities, it must place greater emphasis on group discussion, debate and public presentation.
The people of Japan need to be reminded of their value beyond Tokyo's central government, its dominant party, the LDP, and its main leader, Shinzo Abe.
Japan should engage its citizens in a seven-year path of public diplomacy leading up to the 2020 Olympics — and to a worldbeating show of cultural history and hospitality.