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March 24, 2012, in the speech delivered by Prime Minister Noda at the “First Gathering with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda,” hosted by Japan Akademeia

“Some time ago, after losing an election I was in between elected offices for 3 years and 8 months. The words that struck a chord with me the most during that time were from a lecture I attended one day on a whim. It was a talk given by a person researching morning glories. What is the most essential factor for a morning glory to produce lovely flowers early in the morning? Naturally, I thought it was the light of the sun. But that was incorrect. In fact, the most important things are the darkness and the coldness of the night just before sunlight strikes it. As I was in between elected offices at that time, I felt that scales had fallen from my eyes. I came to think I hadn’t known the darkness of night. Knowing darkness is what enables you to feel delight at even faint light. Experiencing the cold is what makes you come to truly appreciate warmth. These were the words that resonated most deeply within me during my time between elected offices.”

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The First Gathering with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, hosted by Japan Akademeia, March 24, 2012 (The Prime Minister in Action)

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