If you pay attention to the popular news sources, there seems to be nothing much going on in the Far East except for the hijinks of the Boy Dictator of North Korea. Our media is much more concerned about the Middle East and any trouble that might develop (or that the media might help develop) there. I've blogged about this skewed world view before. But the fact, of course, is that there's a lot going on there, and that the most salient fact about the area is that the principal nations — China, Japan, and Korea (no matter their political subdivisions) — heartily despise one another and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. They have a lot to despise one another about. The latest is that China and South Korea have refused to send representatives to the service for the tsunami memorial. Read about that HERE. Caution: It's at that semi-adult site.