Japan's millennials have been neglected. The national preoccupations are those of one of the world's fastest-aging societies: pensions, care of the elderly, political stability. Even the nation's recent noted innovations reflect this -- robotics and artificial intelligence technology to serve an increasingly dependent population in the midst of an acute labor shortage.
So what of the generation just making their way in the world of work? In Japan, the millennials -- the first generation of tech savvy "digital natives" born in the global baby boom of 1980 to 2000, give or take a few years -- are polarizing into two distinct groups. And this is a trend that is shoring up problems for them and for Japan as a whole.