The future of Japan depends on decisions by leaders and actions taken by every individual.
For Toko Shirakawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The lack of attention Japan has given to diversity or gender equality was exposed in its response to the COVID-19 emergency.
Women in media are discriminated against first by being women, and then in the way they work once they have children.
Sociologist Chizuko Ueno continues to be a driving force for gender equality in Japan.
Behind the declining child population and the lingering income gap between Japanese men and women is the fact that husbands and wives do not take part in raising their children together.
Despite its rich, industrialized economy, Japan has yet to achieve much progress in equality between men and women.
It's time to close the loopholes that allow teachers who sexually harass students to remain in the education industry.
Japan's most precious asset is its children, yet estimated 350 of them die each year due to abuse.
Progress is being made in Japan, but legislation is needed to give anti-harassment efforts real teeth.
Japan is the sole country in which husband and wife are legally obliged to use the same surname. This should change.