Chapter 1 The reality confronting Japan at the beginning of the 21st century
(1) Modern Japanese society, where people feel hopeless about the future
Having entered the 21st century, Japan currently faces formidable challenges, such as globalization, the IT revolution, and the principle of self-responsibility. Characterized by these terms, our society is rapidly changing. Undergoing intensified competition on a global scale, our society is generating a tremendous increase in the stress level.
And we are confronted with a desperate situation, in which the people see a bleak future no matter how they keep struggling. The number of suicides per year exceeds thirty thousand. A company cannot get loans from banks any more if it records losses for two years in a row, no matter how well it may have performed in the past. Those who think they are winners today might become losers tomorrow. People feel completely insecure, however hard they may strive. They are left unrewarded, no matter how hard they try. They feel tired out and are left without any hope for the future. Such a hopeless situation has rapidly prevailed throughout the society. People have lost their pride. Bonds between people have been ruptured. The Japanese society has turned completely dry and barren, like grains of sand piled and left out in the winds.
(Date published / 公開日： 12/26/2020)
(Date last updated / 最終改訂日: 12/26/2020)