Rapid social and economic change, deepening political divisions and the impact of technology are stretching the limits of trust-building systems, and governments are struggling to keep up.
For Jonathan Soble's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan is well-placed to be a leader in data trading, but technical hurdles need to be overcome and mindsets need to be changed.
Helping data to cross borders first and setting up a trusted health ID system are key to getting people moving again.
Opening up localities to artificial intelligence and big data needs regulation to ensure it gets off the ground.
Despite its image as a world leader, the nation is falling behind as it continues to make use of outdated technology.
As our reliance on technology is laid bare, countries are faced with questions of what measures they can implement to help them survive.