The Japanese Walking on Egg Shells

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published four books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini, The Day China Cried by
Daniel Nardini, My Taiwan, Seoul and Guadalajara (Mexico) Memoirs by Daniel Nardini, and My
Italian American Family, Rural Taiwan and Lawndale News Memoirs by Daniel Nardini.
                              One of the things that keeps top officials of the Japanese government
up at night is how to deal with South Korea. Or rather the South Korean political left. They are only
too aware of the past, and the fact that the South Korean left is looking for a fight against Japan and
the Japanese as much as they can (not to say the Japanese political right does not. They certainly
look for a fight with the Koreans as well). One example was the Japanese imperial naval flag that
Japanese navy are now required to fly wherever they go. The Japanese were smart enough to cancel
their ships being engaged in the Jeju Island war games because they knew political left protestors
would be a problem for the Japanese ships. Another example is the Japanese authorities allowing
three South Korea warships to dock in Sasebo harbor in Japan. As much as the Japanese may be
walking on egg shells with South Korea (meaning they have to walk carefully), they are trying to
maintain decent relations with South Korea for economic, political (well, some political anyways), 
and tourism reasons.