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[In 2017, 50 years after the James Bond film You Only Live Twice
(1967) was released ] It was an honor to be a Bond girl, but once was enough. I didn't want that image to stick with me. I am actually a subdued and steady person, but I felt that somewhere beyond my control, others were creating a character named 'Mie Hama.'
When she was 40, she was driving through rural Japan. She came across an old farming village that was being torn down to build a dam. She yelled at her driver to pull over and was heartbroken to meet an old woman being forced out of her home. It became a turning point in Hama's life. She said, ""Japan was giving up its real self in its rush for economic development. I realized that Japan had to ...