At first, I was delighted to hear 1990s Japan brought into the discussion. That is, until I heard Hillary say that we should be more like Japan. Then I was shocked. Yes! Bring on the agonizing, torturous 15-year funk that was Japan after 1990! What amount of self-loathing would actually lead someone to desire such an outcome? Is she going to try to legislate mandatory self-flagellation for 5 hours per day, and bi-weekly root canals with no anesthetic, as well? Sometimes, we just have to gape in awe at the folly of our fellow (wo)man.
Saying we should try to emulate Japan is no different, IMHO, than holding up the Pittsburgh Pirates as the blueprint for baseball success (I still love you, Buccos, but your 15-year funk puts you in the same category as Japan's economy as far as futility is concerned, though on a slightly different scale).
At least someone is paying attention.