January 24, 2012, Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 180th Session of the Diet
"This country does not only belong to those of us who live in it today. There are also the generations who will continue to be born forever into the future; they are also people we must protect. Our ancestors who built, protected, and led this country to prosperity thought deeply about the future direction of this land. We now take up the long, long sash of history, and must someday pass it on to the coming generations."