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.
For Yoko Ishikura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
Disruption is made difficult not by technological challenges but by people's mind-set and their difficulty to set their traditional ways of thinking aside.
There is great potential for collaboration between Brazil and Japan.
We see signs of what can drive a transformation of the way people work in Japan. What we need is to make these moves and developments sustainable.
It's time we end the age-driven society and pay attention to the variety and differences among people in the same demographic.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to make Japan a signficant player on the world stage, but many young Japanese people don't seem to care about global issues.