Last week, China vs. Japan. This week, Russia vs. Japan:

Russia called Japan's claims to a disputed Pacific island chain a "dead end" Thursday after Tokyo warned President Dmitry Medvedev against visiting the archipelago.

..."We consider it necessary to once again state that these islands are the territory of the Russian Federation," Nesterenko told a weekly briefing. He said Japan should "avoid repeating dead-end positions" in statements about the islands.

Next week, US vs. Japan? Also, can we see in this return to land (God and land, this land is my land) a connection with the resurgence of gold?