We don't know where breakthroughs will come from and there is no guarantee that they will come from a popular area which is currently drawing a lot of attention. I think the natural pattern is that something new, something which no one was paying attention to before appears when there is a bottleneck. It would be a serious mistake to nip things like this in the bud.
Interview, IPMU News No 5 (March 2009)
There is no promised road leading to definite results. What's important is how to keep open as many options as possible.Makoto Kobayashi
You never know where a breakthrough might occur, so please pursue various possibilities for potential research. You may not see results as quickly as you wish, but always remember to respect your ideas when you research.Makoto Kobayashi