Expansion, contraction, it's all the same.
The Japanese government is all in heat, scrambling for a fix for the aging society.
What's the point?
We can make enough food.
After that, value is what people make of it.
The people. Themselves.
And yes, they have to be free to make it.
I know freedom is scary, but after all, what else do we have?
Freedom is just another word for recognizing you've got nothing left to lose.
Never had, never will have.
Time to open society back up and let the people fix the economy from the ground up, even if it means scary things like letting non-natives really certify to teach in public schools. As real, certified 教職員 (kyoushokuin), leading classes, setting up curricula, discussing progress with parents, the whole thing.