For Japan’s ambitious female politicians, the German chancellor's approach to climbing up the political ladder by not focusing on gender issues is instructive.
For Shihoko Goto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
For the nation to be an inspiration, it must make better use of the momentum of the new ways of doing business that the pandemic has brought about across the globe.
Xenophobia must be treated as a grave risk that is as contagious and as deadly as any virus.
The pandemic presents a golden opportunity for Japan to think outside the box and re-evaluate how to innovate to meet its changing needs.
Despite Japan's ability to keep COVID-19's spread in check, few countries have looked to the Abe administration as an example to follow.
This is the month when students find out whether months or even years of exam preparation have finally paid off or not.
Looking ahead, what Japan needs is to capitalize on that stability and take risks to address the very real longer-term challenges.
Japan could represent an alternative path for growth and defining economic success.
As the competition for the 92nd annual Oscar foreign film shortlist heats up, the rivalry between Japan and South Korea will no doubt intensify in the world of cinema as well.
As TICAD expands and deepens Japan's interests in Africa, the conference should also highlight what lessons African countries can offer to industrialized countries when it comes to overcoming comparative disadvantages and demonstrating the power of leadership.