Josetsu and Art: Relations between China and Japan are based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd”

Josetsu and Art: Relations between China and Japan are based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd” Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China and Japan have so much in common based on the richness of Buddhism, Confucianism, the arts, culture, gardens, Zen, and a plethora of areas related to high culture. Yet, relations in…

East African States Need To Keep Gulf Powers At Bay: Al-Shabaab Massacre in Kenya

East African States Need To Keep Gulf Powers At Bay: Al-Shabaab Massacre in Kenya Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The latest massacre by al-Shabaab (al-Shabab) in Kenya highlights the entire danger to East Africa and this reality is trickling down to Central Africa. This threat applies to Takfiri Islamists that are…

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers Africa Briefing N°104 International Crisis Group OVERVIEW As northern Mali experiences renewed violence, peace negotiations in Algiers offer a unique opportunity to resolve the crisis. But after almost two months of negotiations, peace remains a distant hope. The Malian government and participating armed groups have struggled to find common ground.…

NATO Turkey, Erdogan, Davutoglu and Terrorism: The FSA, al-Qaeda and ISIS Conduit wants Syria to be Bombed

NATO Turkey, Erdogan, Davutoglu and Terrorism: The FSA, al-Qaeda and ISIS Conduit wants Syria to be Bombed Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu of NATO Turkey are continuing to call for direct military intervention against Syria alongside funding proxies on the ground to an even higher…

Iranian-Turkish Relations Vis-à-Vis Turkey’s Energy Transit Policy

Iranian-Turkish Relations Vis-à-Vis Turkey’s Energy Transit Policy Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 204 By: Orhan Gafarli The Jamestown Foundation Despite Western economic sanctions, Iranian-Turkish relations have been developing in many different directions in recent years. Illustratively, on October 24–25, the Eastern Anatolia Development Agency (DAKA), Iran’s Foreign Ministry Institution for Political and International…

Syrian Government is an Essential Pivot in the Stabilization of the Region: US Confusion Continues

Syrian Government is an Essential Pivot in the Stabilization of the Region: US Confusion Continues Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Syria continues to fight tenaciously against many outside nations and international jihadists, that both seek to destroy the secular fabric of this country under President Bashar al-Assad. In…

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Japanese Art: Edo, Meiji, Poverty and the Ravages of Depression

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Japanese Art: Edo, Meiji, Poverty and the Ravages of Depression Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi literally lived in two worlds and this applies to not only the Edo Period and Meiji Period but also to his chaotic lifestyle. However, despite this, Yoshitoshi produced stunning art and he…

Yasui Sotaro and Art of Japan: Paris and Domestic Influence

Yasui Sotaro and Art of Japan: Paris and Domestic Influence Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) was born in Kyoto and he is famous for yoga (Western-style) portraiture. It is clear that this talented individual understood his vocation because he pursued a career in art despite his family desiring a more commercial career. Therefore,…

Tentative Steps in the Pipeline between China and Japan: Territorial Dispute, or not?

Tentative Steps in the Pipeline between China and Japan: Territorial Dispute, or not? Kanako Itamae and Jay Doggett Modern Tokyo Times It is firmly believed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping of China will meet next week. According to various sources this will take place during the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic…

Conflict Alert: Looming Military Offensives in South Sudan

Conflict Alert: Looming Military Offensives in South Sudan International Crisis Group Warring parties in South Sudan’s civil war are preparing for major offensives as seasonal rains ease. Hardliners in both the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) are entrenching their positions, and think, as one opposition commander declared, “we will settle this…