Now is the time to take action to improve one's life instead of just discussing action.
For Yoko Ishikura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
Recent changes in Japan's labor market, as well as changes in people's mindsets, point to a move toward greater diversity and inclusion.
As cherry blossoms remind us each year, life is too short to waste.