Despite recent statistics, China may not ever dominate Japan in the way many alarmists fear, but the balance of power between the two countries will undoubtedly continue to shift in the near future. The readjustment in relations, though, may occur in unexpected ways that are less obvious than government policy statements.

In fact, politics may be far behind other realms. Recent events show that Japan and China are slowly but surely nudging themselves together in many areas where the impact may be more substantial than any negotiation between government leaders. Quiet, human diplomacy may run the deepest.

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