The crucial question is whether technological renovation can create enough new employment opportunities to make up for jobs lost to technology.
For Takamitsu Sawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Take predictions that artificial intelligence and robots will cause massive unemployment in the future with a grain of salt.
If no measures are taken, AI and robots are certain to push humankind to the rock bottom of misery.
Now is the time for launching open discussions in earnest on how to wisely adapt to the disruption that the fourth industrial revolution is expected to bring about.
IBM's Watson supercomputer lacks one key element that experienced physicians have in abundance — tacit knowledge.
Moves toward less nuclear power will be inevitable in Japan, with renewable energy playing the principal role by 2050.
The current political situation characterized by the domination of the prime minister's office has ruined the pride of career bureaucrats.
Instead of making education and research more efficient, the conversion of national universities into university corporations has increased inefficiency.
Consumers have begun to behave more rationally, and that is reducing economic growth.
Japanese gyms are almost totally monopolized by people of middle and advanced ages, especially those over 65, and have become indispensable arenas for their socializing.