"The opportunities are immense, the enthusiasm is great, because there is genius on the Japanese side, there is genius on the Israeli side." — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, in Jerusalem on Jan. 19, 2015

"You complete me." — Tom Cruise to Renee Zellweger in "Jerry McGuire"

Like love, synergy can be found in unexpected places. Japan and Israel are about as far apart geographically as they can be. The distance between them historically, culturally and temperamentally is at least as vast.