The problems both Japan and its neighbors face are mutually complementary.
For Kotaro Tamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan is the world's pioneer in tackling the problems it currently faces. If the nation can successfully resolve them, it can potentially export its solutions to the rest of the world.
Japan lacks the human resources to create world-class educational institutions, research institutes and innovation ecosystems.
Japanese farmers can make higher profits and better compete with copycat products if they grow their produce overseas.
The Chinese government has reversed its previously chilly attitude and now favors better relations with Japan, creating new economic opportunities for Japanese businesses.