January 24, 2012, in the Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 180th Sessions of the Diet
"The numerous frontiers across Japan are awaiting our challenge. Women hold the greatest potential to move Japan forward. This notion is not limited to the idea that women will supplement the declining labor force. Women's participation in a variety of social settings and the demonstration of their capabilities are a critical key to increasing the diversity of society as a whole and restoring a vibrant Japan. It is my hope that women, the force for Japan's rebirth, will further shine in society."