Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and former chairman of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, says the world is currently experiencing the most dramatic shift since the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries.

"People need to realize that a major paradigm shift is occurring with rapidly advancing digital technologies, and common sense and principles, which have dictated us for a long time, are no longer valid,"Dr. Kurokawa, former president of the Science Council of Japan, said in a recent interview.

Deepening income inequality and intensifying nationalism are among the top 10 items on the global agenda that world leaders will be preoccupied with in 2015, according to a projection based on a survey by the World Economic Forum. In tackling these global issues, Kurokawa argues that the world leaders who gather at Davos in Switzerland for WEF's annual meeting must keep in mind that this dramatic paradigm shift is taking place now.