My name is Yuusuke Wada, probably the only funeral business podcaster in Japan and also a death industry consultant. I am also the Researcher of the Reform of Death and I prepare for the End of Life Journey.
Podcast No. 29 of YEYSHONAN, a weekly podcast in English. Sorry, I am one day late for the weekly podcast.
Last week I was at the funeral trade show in Yokohama. It was better that I imagined. I’ll talk about this in a different episode.
This morning, I was at The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ) for an event called the Deep Dive, which is a task force organized by ex-presidents of FCCJ and a few members including myself. The topic was Japan’s economic recovery trajectory.
The panelists were Mr. Paul Sheard who is the research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Mr. Naoyuki Yoshino at professor at Keio, and Mr. Jesper Koll who is a venture capitalist, moderated by Mr. Anthony Rowley of Asia Economic.
One of the issues discussed was that the old aged society is pulling our legs in the workforce. These government expenditures on welfare could be put to a better use. The idea of prolonging the retirement age and wages based on productivity should precede seniority in the company.
The workforce in Japan switches jobs due to NOT the enhancement of their careers but due to human relationships at work, such as not liking the Bucho or Kacho at all. These are all negative impacts. The engineers are in silos and do not go out meeting others.
Bill Emmott, Columnist, Author The Fate of the West, The Sun Also Sets
Yoshihiro Kando, News Editor, BuzzFeed Japan
Philippe Ries, Contributing Writer, Mediapart, French Online News Site
Yasuomi Sawa, Senior Writer, Kyodo News, Contributor on Japan to Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017