Narrative scenarios for Japan in the 2050s
Possible pictures of Japan in the future and their pathways towards the LCS have been discussed by experts in various fields. Two scenarios, A and B, have been developed as a result (Table 1; see also Step 1 in Figure 1). The features of Scenario A can be described as an active, quick-changing and technology-oriented society. On the other hand, Scenario B is a calmer, slower and nature-oriented society. Changes in social indicators and various assumptions made in both scenarios are within the ranges of existing major studies of Japanese future society projections (Cabinet Office, 2005). In reality, however, future Japanese society may be a mixture of elements from both the scenarios.