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.
For Yumiko Murakami's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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?
One could argue that there is no other country than Japan in the world today that has all the right conditions to welcome economic migrants.
A revamped WTO is the last hope to preserve the rule-based trade system.
Japan's male-centric workplace culture is a breeding ground for scandals.
The third and most crucial "arrow" of Abenomics — structural reform — must be carried out to achieve sustained economic growth.
Few people expect to see Japanese CEOs weighing in on socially sensitive and divisive issues, but that may be starting to change.
Japan must develop an educational system that makes its citizens become more relevant to the globalized economy.