How can Japan extricate itself from the morass it sank into two decades ago when its asset-inflated bubble burst? This is the question on nearly everyone's mind in this country today. One thing is for sure: You can't get out of quicksand by pulling on your own hair.

Where will the boosts come from? Who will rid us of the scourge of inaction and frantic ineptitude?

The conventional wisdom, as spouted by the established media outlets, heaps blame on the young. They are depicted as passive, lethargic, inward looking and disengaged.