JAPAN - Safeguard Universal Values

Arno Froese

New Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi pledged to safeguard universal values as well as the peace and stability of Japan and other parts of the world in the face of China’s military buildup and assertive territorial claims.

“We are seeing more serious challenges to universal values, which have sustained peace and the stability of the international community, and the international order,” Hayashi said at his first news conference since assuming the post following the relaunch of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet.

Some hard-line members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have questioned Hayashi’s appointment, as his stance toward China may appear weak. 

Referring to “Beijing’s unilateral attempts to change the status quo,” Hayashi said Japan will “argue what should be argued, and ask China to behave responsibly,” while communicating and cooperating with Beijing to tackle common problems “to build constructive and stable relations.”

In the wake of such attempts as well as other security challenges such as the threat posed by North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, Hayashi underscored the increasing importance of the alliance between Japan and the United States, calling it “the basis for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.”

Hayashi is the son of former Finance Minister Yoshiro Hayashi. His father also served as chairman of the Japan-China Friendship Parliamentarians’ Union when he was a lawmaker.

-www.japantimes.co.jp, 11 November 2021

Arno's Commentary

Based on the United Nations, there are 193 sovereign states. Wikipedia lists Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism as the five major religions. InfoPlease.com lists the number of adherents to the top five religions as 1) Christianity: 2.3 billion; 2) Islam: 1.8 billion; 3) unaffiliated: 1.2 billion; 4) Hinduism: 1.1 billion; and 5) Buddhism: 500 million.

The languages are diverse, as well as the customs, cultures, holidays, and various national laws. But they all have one thing in common: merchandise. All are involved in merchandising—both importing to and exporting from other countries. To do so, internationally recognized laws and regulations have been established, thus developing universal values.

That is in line with Bible prophecy: global merchandise, global regulations, global laws, and ultimately, global religion. While at this point in time it’s all but impossible to unite, we believe that global enthusiasm for a new system beneficial to all countries, will and must be established. Whatever differences, whether religious or political, will merge into a universal understanding.

Here the new countries, particularly the USA, are an example. While the European nations were literally at each other’s throats fighting local, regional, and even continent-wide wars, those who left Europe established about 35 sovereign countries on the American continent (North and South). After the second or third generation, the population became solidly united, identifying themselves as Americans. The country of heritage became of lesser importance, even insignificant. 

Such we believe will be the case as globalism is being developed, guaranteeing prosperity, peace, security, and equality for all people on planet earth—albeit temporarily.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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