Japan is having trouble keeping up a cordial relationship with its next door neighbors. Long dormant territorial disputes have suddenly come to the fore. Who owns what from when and why? Who can claim legal ownership? Who is in actual control? Arcane issues have suddenly become hot topics of the moment between Japan and China as well as South Korea over tiny bits of land mass in the seas.

Psalm 85 from the Old Testament states: “Faithful Love and loyalty join together. Saving Justice and Peace embrace.” These beautiful words from the Bible are beautiful indeed, but in life on Earth they are very difficult to abide by.

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