by Justin Hall
From Gen Kanai, who has been following this series on his weblog:
Howard French of the New York Times has done an excellent 3-part series titled "Can Japan Change?" which covers three key trends to watch in Japan including a wider role for the military in Japan, the need and challenges for drastically more immigration into Japan, and the role of women in the workforce and issues surrounding gender inequality.
All three are very challenging articles, because of the questions they raise for Japan's future. My perception is that while these changes may be needed for Japan, the need for social harmony will prevent or delay most of these social changes as it has for years in the past. It seems to me that Japan values social harmony much more than cheap labor or gender equality or perhaps even national defense. The most interesting question for me is 'what is more important than social harmony?'
Posted by Justin Hall at 2003年07月23日 05:37