Art of Japan and Yoshitoshi: Endless Bouts of Depression

Art of Japan and Yoshitoshi: Endless Bouts 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 was extremely productive. Yoshitoshi…

Russia’s Game in Southeast Asia

Russia’s Game in Southeast Asia Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Stephen Blank The Jamestown Foundation The Ukraine crisis has brought Russia and China much closer together (see EDM, April 3). But Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s trip to Southeast Asia—Thailand and then Vietnam—in early April 2015, suggests that Moscow is simultaneously hedging against China, as…

Russia and Iran Need to Fully Support Syria: Gulf States, Turkey and US

Russia and Iran Need to Fully Support Syria: Gulf States, Turkey and US Ramazan Khalidov, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The estranged administration of President Obama is still working with powerful Gulf powers and the government of Turkey in order to overthrow the government of Syria. New forces being trained by…

Nuclear Agreement with Iran: Remarkably Good Deal

Nuclear Agreement with Iran: Remarkably Good Deal By Vojin Joksimovich Modern Tokyo Times The April 2nd Lausanne framework agreement between the six world powers and Iran represents a remarkably good deal from the nuclear non-proliferation standpoint. It has the potential to become a historic game-changer, assuming a formal deal is signed by July 1 overcoming…

Al-Qaeda Terrorists Enter Syria from NATO Turkey: NATO and US Silence

Al-Qaeda Terrorists Enter Syria from NATO Turkey: NATO and US Silence Nuray Lydia Oglu, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Turkey, under the leadership of Erdogan, is nothing more than a pariah international jihadist conduit that enables al-Qaeda affiliates, ISIS (Islamic State – IS), Free Syrian Army (FSA) – and an array…

1,000 Killed in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and Allies: America, Iran, Syria and the Shia

1,000 Killed in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and Allies: America, Iran, Syria and the Shia Ramazan Khalidov, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times America, Iran, the Russian Federation, and other powerful nations, are involved in trying to solve the nuclear issue. At the same time, the role of Iran on the ground…

Uzbekistan Could Seek Foreign Assistance Against Islamic State

Uzbekistan Could Seek Foreign Assistance Against Islamic State Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: John C. K. Daly The Jamestown Foundation The increasing presence of Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan has raised fears in neighboring Uzbekistan. It is no longer a question of whether IS has a presence in Afghanistan, only its scope and intentions.…

Narashige Koide and Art of Japan: Portraiture Art, Still Life and Vibrant Nudes

Narashige Koide and Art of Japan: Portraiture Art, Still Life and Vibrant Nudes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yoga (Western-style) portraiture art and expressions of still life by Narashige Koide remain deeply embedded when thinking about this artist. Koide continued to develop through his relatively short life because he died at the age of…

Christians Killed by ISIS while Western States that Defeated Gaddafi just Watch: Gulf States and Turkey

Christians Killed by ISIS while Western States that Defeated Gaddafi just Watch: Gulf States and Turkey Lielit Kebede, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times ISIS (Islamic State – IS) Takfiri Islamist barbarians have killed 30 Ethiopian Christians. This follows on from an earlier massacre of Coptic Christians from Egypt by ISIS Islamists…

Sublime Japanese Artist Yasui Sotaro: Environment of Kyoto to Western Style Portraiture

Sublime Japanese Artist Yasui Sotaro: Environment of Kyoto to Western Style Portraiture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The sublime Japanese artist Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) lived during a time of momentous changes. He witnessed the dynamics of a new Japan that emerged after the Meiji Restoration of 1868 that erased much of the Edo era.…

More of Georgia’s Muslims Try to Join Islamic State

More of Georgia’s Muslims Try to Join Islamic State Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 71 By: Vasili Rukhadze The Jamestown Foundation On April 2, two high school boys from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, populated by Muslim Chechens (known as Kists in Georgia), disappeared and later contacted their parents, notifying them that they were in…

Saudi Arabia bombing the Shia benefits Al-Qaeda after Airport Falls: America, France and Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia bombing the Shia benefits Al-Qaeda after Airport Falls: America, France and Hezbollah Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Saudi Arabia and its brutal interference into the internal affairs of Yemen, along with other Sunni dominated states, is boosting al-Qaeda. This reality applies to more areas coming under the control of…

Racial Attacks in South Africa Witnesses Malawi Evacuating its Citizens: ANC Ineptness

Racial Attacks in South Africa Witnesses Malawi Evacuating its Citizens: ANC Ineptness Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The ultimate failure of the African National Congress (ANC) from changing society from white apartheid rule to a “rainbow nation” is in tatters internally and externally. This reality is unraveling internationally. However, the writing…

US and France Support Saudi Arabia against the Shia in Yemen: Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Syria

US and France Support Saudi Arabia against the Shia in Yemen: Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Syria Nawal Soueif, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The governments of America and France have decided to support Saudi Arabia in its bombing of innocent civilians in Yemen. At the same time, regional Sunni Muslim dominated…

Japan must consider Regional Bank with China like South Korea irrespective of US pressure

Japan must consider Regional Bank with China like South Korea irrespective of US pressure Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan must remind America that economic, political and geopolitical areas are not dependent on the desires of Washington. This applies to the Obama administration questioning the possibility that Japan…

China’s Sea Boundary Claims are Assisting America: South China Sea and Asia Pacific

China’s Sea Boundary Claims are Assisting America: South China Sea and Asia Pacific Shuchun Zhang, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Political statecraft is a rich art in China because the “Middle Kingdom” faced many geopolitical and religious realities that threatened on several fronts. Therefore, it is time for modern China to…

Tokyo Ladies and Style of Women in Japanese Art

Tokyo Ladies and Style of Women in Japanese Art Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo Times Ukiyo-e art in Japan focused on many themes during its “golden period” in the Edo period and this was replicated during the Meiji era. Therefore, the world of old Japan comes alive visually within many areas of ukiyo-e art because of…

Women, Violence and Conflict in Pakistan

Women, Violence and Conflict in Pakistan International Crisis Group   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Eight years into its democratic transition, violence against women is still endemic in Pakistan, amid a climate of impunity and state inaction. Discriminatory legislation and a dysfunctional criminal justice system have put women at grave risk. Targeted by violent extremists with…

Obama, Estrangement, Iran, and Syria: US Assisting anti-Shia Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Obama, Estrangement, Iran, and Syria: US Assisting anti-Shia Saudi Arabia in Yemen Ramazan Khalidov, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Foreign policy in America under President Obama is certainly one of mass estrangement, confusion and assisting in failed states. In Egypt the Obama administration favored a new Muslim Brotherhood regional order that…

Art of Japan and Informative Years of Keisai Eisen

Art of Japan and Informative Years of Keisai Eisen Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) learnt to be independent from an early age because he chose a path that was fraught with economic danger. In a sense, Keisai Eisen represents aspects of “the real Edo period” for individuals who resided in big…

Iran needs to Challenge Saudi Arabia over Yemen: Syria, Shia Persecution and US Confusion

Iran needs to Challenge Saudi Arabia over Yemen: Syria, Shia Persecution and US Confusion Jibril Khoury, Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Houthi Shia fighters entered the vacuum in this nation because of the rampant corruption of the former leaders, systematic anti-Shia persecution, the genuine threat of al-Qaeda affiliates, the intrigues…