Monthly Archive: November, 2014

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Bank of Japan, PM Abe and Kuroda: Shirakawa Warned about No Quick Fix

Bank of Japan, PM Abe and Kuroda: Shirakawa Warned about No Quick Fix Joachim de Villiers and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The Bank of Japan witnessed the changing of the guard from… Continue reading

Japanese Woodblock Prints: Three Women from the 100 Ogura Poets

Three Women from the 100 Ogura Poets By toshidama The current show at the Toshidama Gallery has three sheets from the peerless series of woodblock prints A Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets… Continue reading

Economy of Japan in Nosedive: Prime Minister Abe and Bank of Japan

Economy of Japan in Nosedive: Prime Minister Abe and Bank of Japan Noriko Watanabe and Michel Lebon Modern Tokyo Times   The economy of Japan continues to be blighted by negative economic data… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Bangladesh Terror in West Bengal: Political Opportunism?

Bangla Terror in West Bengal: Political Opportunism? Bhaskar Roy, C3S Paper No.2070 Chennai Center for China Studies   An explosion in a house in Khagragram, Burdwan district, West Bengal, on October 02 opened… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Torii Kiyonaga and Japanese Art: Bijinga and Nishiki-e

Torii Kiyonaga and Japanese Art: Bijinga and Nishiki-e Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) was an extremely stylish Japanese woodblock (ukiyo-e) artist who belonged to the Torii school. His rise to… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Utagawa Yoshitaki and Japan Art: Dreaded Catfish (Namazu) and Oni Demon

Utagawa Yoshitaki and Cultural Art of Japan: Namazu and Oni Demon Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Yoshitaki (1841-1899) produced several stunning pieces of art related to the oni demon. In the main image… Continue reading