Changing food consumption patterns takes time, and weighing the significance of Setsubun can trigger the first step forward.
For Yoko Ishikura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
Keidanren's easing of recruiting limitations represents a small step toward better hiring practices in Japan.
Japanese waste too much time talking about innovation instead of risking failure and blazing new trails.
We need to depart from the conventional thinking that a majority of learning takes place when we are young and mainly at school.
Regardless of our employment status, it is imperative for us to constantly think how we can increase our value.
Noticing the differences between one's own country and others, however small they may be, can be the first step to realizing that diversity exists.
Encouraging the free flow of people both at the individual and organizational level makes perfect sense.