On September 16, 2010, the Japan Times published its 40,000th issue. As part of that issue, the newspaper published a series of op-eds, one of which was written by Noriko Hama.
According to her, for Japan, history kept repeating itself. Hama argued that the problems Japan suffered through over the past three decades were due, in part, to a lack of defiance.
“To defy the odds, to aim for the impossible, to think the unthinkable,” said Hama. “These things are so critical if one means to reach a new world. And a new world is what awaited us in 1985. It awaits us now. If only we had the guts to reach for it.”