As living with COVID-19 becomes more normal and with the risks of other pandemics growing, Japan needs to disperse important agencies and facilities around the country.
For Yoko Ishikura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Older adults should support and help realize a complete makeover of society by letting young people who will live in the next era take the reins of leadership.
The days in which value is created only when people follow the same routine, the same work-style and the same unwritten rules are over.
If the nation loses this opportunity, it will be known as the country that never changes.
The pandemic has given people an opportunity to reconsider what's important in their lives.
The business sector has an unprecedented opportunity to take drastic and audacious initiatives.
The state of emergency declared by the government has given us a launching pad to start transforming ourselves.
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.
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.