Below is my comment on the article of "Rocky Relations", Page 22 TIME, May 8, 2006.
The hundred years’ war still continues between South Korea and Japan over the sovereignty of some tiny rocky islets in the Japan Sea. Your picture of a pair of South Korean police standing guard on the top of the islands clearly shows the strong Korean will to keep them as the established fact. On the Japan side, it seems that Prime Minister Koizumi pretends to have a wait-and-see attitude for not overly stimulating the Korean people.
As long as the islets have been closely connected to the sovereignty of two nations mixed with hatred and nationalism, only bilateral negotiation could not be successful in the foreseeable future. How unrealistic it might be seen for the time being, the only solution could be with a good mediator of the third country. We should only keep cool.