Exposure to workers from different countries and backgrounds will help Japanese people develop a global mindset.
For Yoko Ishikura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
Is the entrenched practice of organizational identification discouraging many Japanese from seeking their own identity and purpose?
Corporate Japan must change its 20th-century mentality toward work.
Telling a Japanese person to "go for it" is unlikely to get the response you want.