As Japan’s society continues to gray, the number of people who have difficulty moving around will only increase. What sort of cities do we aspire to have, and what do we want to leave for future generations? We need to look beyond the Olympics, and now is precisely the time when we should be devising ideas for ways to reduce public transport barriers.

Tetsuo Akiyama, a professor at Chuo University and an expert in urban engineering. The government plans to make major stations in Tokyo more accessible and easier to navigate for people with physical disabilities. (Yomiuri Shimbun) Read

The controversy that has erupted over her selection is a great opportunity for us Japanese to examine how far we have come from our self-perpetuated myth of homogeneity while at the same time it shows us how much further we have to go.

Megumi Nishikura, co-director of the 2013 film, “Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan.” She said the selection of Ariana Miyamoto, born to a Japanese mother and an African-American father, as Miss Universe Japan, has expanded… Read

The only ways for those municipalities to survive are to create jobs for the decommissioning work, attract businesses to build thermal power plants using existing power transmission networks and to charge utilities storage fees for spent nuclear fuel.

Hitotsubashi University Professor Takeo Kikkawa. The decision to scrap old nuclear reactors at several nuclear power plants have generated concern among municipalities that host them because they rely heavily on nuclear power-related government subsidies. (Mainichi… Read

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