The days in which value is created only when people follow the same routine, the same work-style and the same unwritten rules are over.
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If the nation loses this opportunity, it will be known as the country that never changes.
The pandemic has given people an opportunity to reconsider what's important in their lives.
The business sector has an unprecedented opportunity to take drastic and audacious initiatives.
The state of emergency declared by the government has given us a launching pad to start transforming ourselves.
The forced disruption of daily activities in Japan is a blessing in disguise that can move the nation forward and change its way of doing things.
Communication apps can give Japanese firms global reach.
Now is the time to take action to improve one's life instead of just discussing action.
Short-term thinking is detrimental to sound decision-making.
When technology is used to connect people who are in different locations and allow them to share the experience of eating together in virtual space, using a smartphone, for example, it will help reduce the problems linked to eating alone.