December is usually a month of reflection and review of the passing year and the outlook and expectation for the upcoming year. Though many of us follow this routine process almost every year, 2019 and 2020 have special features that make this routine activity special.

2019 marked the beginning of new imperial era of Reiwa with the enthronment of the new emperor in May. The year may also be remembered for Japan hosting the first Rugby World Cup in Asia — with almost unexpected enthusiasm of Japanese fans as well as visitors from overseas. 2020 is expected to be even more significant as the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are scheduled to take place, providing a great opportunity for Japan to inform and display its new image to the world.

How can we take an advantage of this special feature of 2019/2020 and make this routine activity different and relevant?