Hezbollah Rebukes anti Shia Forces in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and US Meddling

Hezbollah Rebukes anti Shia Forces in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and US Meddling Omar Abdullah Ismail and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The balance of power is changing in Yemen because the persecuted Shia Houthi minority is sweeping over parts of this country. Over many decades the Shia have suffered from perennial central corruption,…

Marginalization of Tajikistan’s Political Opposition Could Threaten Security

Marginalization of Tajikistan’s Political Opposition Could Threaten Security Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Mark Vinson The Jamestown Foundation On March 1, Tajikistan held parliamentary elections. The Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) officially received less than 2 percent of the votes cast and lost its only two seats in the 63-member parliament (BBC Tajik, March…

Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Japanese Art: Natural Beauty in a Changing World

Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Japanese Art: Natural Beauty in a Changing World Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is amongst the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his artwork was truly amazing and so powerful.  Kuniyoshi, just like other famous Japanese artists like Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, was very diverse. This…

Christian Survival in Syria Relies on President Assad: Ghosts of Cyprus, Kosovo and Iraq

Christian Survival in Syria Relies on President Assad: Ghosts of Cyprus, Kosovo and Iraq Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The demise of Orthodox Christianity in Northern Cyprus and Kosovo took place on the watch of Western powers, the ambitions of Turkey and the geopolitical and religious ambitions of feudal Gulf monarchs.…

Syria is the Terrorist Graveyard of NATO Turkey: Obama and Ten Steps Back

Syria is the Terrorist Graveyard of NATO Turkey: Obama and Ten Steps Back Nuray Lydia Oglu, Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The secular government of Syria continues to hold out against the many Gulf and Western intrigues that have tried to oust the current leadership at all costs. Prior to the…

Ginza Fashion, Cosmetics and Technology: Shiseido The Ginza

Ginza Fashion, Cosmetics and Technology: Shiseido The Ginza Kanako Itamae and Sarah Deschamps Modern Tokyo Times Tokyo is famous for exquisite boutiques and where high fashion flourishes throughout this mega-city. Not surprisingly, Shiseido The Ginza suits this environment because of the rich sophistication to be found throughout this delightful store. On top of this, Shiseido…

Ike No Taiga and Japan Art: Rich Legacy of China and Shattering the Myths of the Edo Period

Ike No Taiga and Japan Art: Rich Legacy of China and Shattering the Myths of the Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese art is very distinctive and contrasts greatly with classical European art. This notably applies to religious differences, environmental factors, culture, limited social interaction between both artistic poles – and other…

Takfiri Islamists in Yemen Slaughter over 140 People: ISIS, Operatives or Al-Qaeda?

Takfiri Islamists in Yemen Slaughter over 140 People: ISIS, Operatives or Al-Qaeda? Boutros Hussein, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The one constant theme in Egypt, Kosovo, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and probably now in Yemen, is that certain massacres and events appear to have a hidden hand involved. This includes utilizing various…

Heirinji Zen Temple in Saitama: Buddhism and Tourism on the Fringe of Tokyo

Heirinji Zen Temple in Saitama: Buddhism and Tourism on the Fringe of Tokyo Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If you adore history, culture, and the rich legacy of Buddhism, then a visit to Heirinji Zen Temple in Saitama prefecture is extremely rewarding. This fascinating temple is located in Niiza but the closeness to Tokyo…

Turkmenistan and the Geopolitical Tightrope between Russia/Iran and NATO/EU Powers

Turkmenistan and the Geopolitical Tightrope between Russia/Iran and NATO/EU Powers Nuray Lydia Oglu, Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Turkmenistan is of major geopolitical significance because of its shared borders with Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Of equal significance is the coastal area that links Turkmenistan to the Caspian…

Ando Hiroshige and Japanese Art: Complexity of Culture and Powerful Mirage

Ando Hiroshige and Japanese Art: Complexity of Culture and Powerful Mirage Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ando Hiroshige is deemed to be one of the finest artists to bless the country of Japan. On top of this, this amazing artist also influenced famous artists like Van Gogh.  Not surprisingly, Hiroshige left a lasting impression…

China’s Tacit Approval of Moscow’s Ukraine Policy

China’s Tacit Approval of Moscow’s Ukraine Policy Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation Since Moscow initiated military operations in Ukraine in February 2014, China has seemingly adopted an ambiguous stance as Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of southeastern Ukraine evoked international condemnation. During the past year, Beijing and Moscow strengthened…

Former Leader of Japan visits Crimea: Japan and Russian Federation Relations

Former Leader of Japan visits Crimea: Japan and Russian Federation Relations Takeshi Hasegawa, Galina Zobova and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation is a pivotal nation for Japan in the area of security, energy links, enabling greater access to Central Asian nations, breaking down barriers with China and for other essential reasons.…

Christian Cleansing after Gulf and Western Meddling in Kosovo, Libya, Iraq and Syria

Christian Cleansing after Gulf and Western Meddling in Kosovo, Libya, Iraq and Syria Murad Makhmudov, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Recent interventions by America, France and the United Kingdom equates to Christian persecution and enormous instability. This reality would appear to be a constant Western policy objective because the same scenario…

Al-Nusra Sectarian Terrorist Leaders Killed in Syria in Special Operation

Al-Nusra Sectarian Terrorist Leaders Killed in Syria in Special Operation Murad Makhumudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The secular government of Syria is on the frontline against international terrorism, while America continues to plot with Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia against this independent nation. Once more, the armed forces of Syria are showing…

Asai Chu and New Wave of Japanese Art

Asai Chu and New Wave of Japanese Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji Restoration of 1868 led to many social convulsions and like all revolutionary periods you had many winners and losers. This applies to individuals who could adapt to the rapid changes in society and the art world was no exception…