The budget going up and down in a public project is unthinkable. The current situation is caused by the government and the JSC (Japan Sports Council) proceeding with the project without clearly deciding which body is in charge, so there is no surprise if they are accused for lacking clear prospects.

Hiroshi Arikawa, professor of public policies at Nihon University, referring to the dispute over who will pay for the new National Stadium, the main venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (Yomiuri Shimbun) Read

The numbers show that people want home healthcare. But there’s nothing for them to ‘have’ yet — nothing comprehensive. Just looking at the demographics, the numbers show … it has to become a bigger part of the health-management system. There’s not enough people in the hospital to take care of all the patients.

Danny Risberg, chairman of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC), which collaborated with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) on the Health Policy White Paper 2015, containing a series of 41 topic… Read

In my view, it’s nothing short of a human tragedy that so many young people in one of the world’s most skilled and educated nations should be relegated to useless positions, simply because of a fear of change. Replacing humans with robots is fine and good, but it’s even better to let humans switch to jobs where they don’t have to act like robots.

Bloomberg columnist Noah Smith, saying that as Japan’s population ages and shrinks, more productivity growth is needed to support an increasing number of elderly people, and that keeping smart young people pushing buttons in elevators… Read

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