Surprising as it may be to any Euro-Anglo-American liberals out there, there are places in the world where national and cultural differences do arouse the passions somewhat. I don't quite know what to make of this remarkably cross blog from an American in Japan. Our many personal contacts with Japanese people have been almost entirely positive, indeed we have hosted many Japanese friends in our house for evenings, weeks and even months! So, it's no anti-Japanese animus that has inspired me to put this link. Rather the creeping suspicion that the world really is in a mess (that's not just Reformed dogma) and that looking under stones across the globe does not always bring delight.
Looking under the stone of my heart does not do so either, so I shan't be casting anything of hard mineral matter just yet.