Democratic Party of Japan secretary general Ichiro Ozawa’s comments about Christianity are based on a common impression of those who neither know nor understand the essence of Christianity. The West is “stuck in a dead end” precisely because it does not live according to the Christian principles upon which it was founded. Look at Europe now, progressive but caving in to moral decadence. I admire the Japanese people for the human virtues they live so well. If these virtues were based on a solid and authentic spiritual foundation like Christianity, I believe Japan would be a far more powerful nation.