Leading by example, Koizumi and his colleagues in the government may have a chance to change the mindsets of Japanese men about work and fatherhood.
For Yumiko Murakami's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Young people are capable of shaping policies by sending powerful messages to a global audience that would not otherwise pay enough attention to climate change.
Businesswoman Yoshida Haruno dedicated her life to promoting leadership roles for women in the public and private sectors.
Lifetime employment in Japan companies is fading in the face of slow growth and intensifying competitive pressures.
Creating a level playing field for female entrepreneurs will unleash the tremendous potential of this country.
Extending the working lives of the elderly by offering better employment conditions is a top priority for Japan.
The most critical message that needs to be heard in Japan is that gender equality is an economic issue that helps both men and women live better lives.
Japanese companies need to seize the moment and proactively market Japan as an attractive and dynamic place to work.
Utilizing Japan's superior technology and expertise in clean energy, we must step up to take a lead in the global fight to save the Earth.
Are the rigged entrance exams at Tokyo Medical University merely the tip of the iceberg?