Seems like many social commentators believe the sun is setting on the "Land of the Rising Sun". They point to a rapidly aging population, a decline in the national birthrate, the parasite single phenomenon, economic stagflation, bloated national debt and the botched response of the government to the March 11 disasters. The claim is that Japan's better days are behind it, and that many nations like China will permanently surpass Japan.
Do you think these social problems are real? Are they indicative of a national crisis in Japan? If so, what should we do as Ol to prevent the clock from striking midnight?