Despite a push from the government, hiring and promotions work in favor of old men and against women.
For Noah Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
With countries such as South Korea leading the way, a new age of slow growth and increased dependency burdens is in the offing.
The country is still struggling to make money off of its worldwide cultural cachet
As the population ages and shrinks, the country is making it easier for foreigners to work and become citizens.
The country, once a symbol of economic malaise, has made up for its lost decade.
If small businesses are to survive in the digital age, the online economy can't be allowed to be winner-take-all.
There already are some signs that the country is making mistakes that will hobble economic growth.
If Trump revisited that '80s battle he wouldn't find the big win he's looking for today.
Carlos Ghosn's arrest is a reminder that the nation's legal system is designed to coerce confessions, not maintain rule of law.
Spending billions on a huge particle collider won't give us the breakthrough discoveries we need.