Since the shutdown Japan has been forced to increase its imports of oil, natural gas and coal. This dependency has not only subject it to the whims of the speculative markets, but also to the uncertain stability of the Middle East oil production.
The basic problem is that Japanese and Koreans are highly nationalistic. And nationalists don’t always like each other.
Today, wars are a fight for survival and the countries that conquer the higher altitude regions with livable climates and natural resources will remain after over-populated coastal areas succumb to oceanic deluges.
Across Europe and Asia especially, each year brings more countries hitting their lowest fertility rates in history. In South Korea, for instance, the average woman can now expect to have less than one child.