Japan's Tetsuya Chikushi

It seemed like a disastrous debut. Back in 1989, television commentator Tetsuya Chikushi broadcast a series called Japan in Crisis. It was one of the early projects of a newly launched late-night program called News 23. While the rest of the world was marveling at Japan's economic prowess, the series argued that Japan was heading for a rude comeuppance. "People were overconfident, and everybody laughed at us," Chikushi recalls with a grin.

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