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.
For Yoko Ishikura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
How Japanese view the Hesei Era varies by generation, with young people having a more positive image of it than older generations.
Changing food consumption patterns takes time, and weighing the significance of Setsubun can trigger the first step forward.
Preparing for what has been touted as the "100-year life" is not a task for elderly people or the government alone.
It is time for us to reflect on our routine activities and why we do what we have been habitually doing.
Exposure to workers from different countries and backgrounds will help Japanese people develop a global mindset.