On April 16, 2011, the Asahi Shimbun published an editorial called “Japan must reinvent itself and surprise the world once again.”
“Cataclysms like opening to the rest of the world in the 19th century and defeat in World War II gave birth to entirely new Japans,” said the Asahi Shimbun. “A time of chaos is also a time of new awakening … I hope our country will surprise the world once again.”
Were Japan to dump its politicians, tell the world the truth, and deal with the world on an honest basis, that would certainly surprise the world and fundamentally change Japan. Unfortunately, Japan has not done that and it appears the Asahi Shimbun merely wrote this article to scare other governments into believing that Japan might actually change.