ISIS, AQAP and Saudi in anti Shia Tripartite Attack against Yemen: US, UK and France Supports?

ISIS, AQAP and Saudi Arabia in anti Shia Tripartite Attack against Yemen: US, UK and France Supports? Murad Makhmudov, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The tripartite sectarian nature of ISIS (Islamic State), Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Saudi Arabia led coalition is in full swing and aimed at…

China and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Japan Outfoxing Itself to Appease America

China and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Japan Outfoxing Itself to Appease America Kanako Itamae, Shuchun Zhang and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be outfoxing itself in order to appease America. This is clearly visible because the newly created Asian Infrastructure Bank (AIIB) is…

Taliban Seeks Better Relations with Surging Islamic State in Afghanistan

Taliban Seeks Better Relations with Surging Islamic State in Afghanistan by John Rossomando Investigative Project on Terrorism The Taliban reached out to Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi calling for unity between the two jihadist factions, a letter posted online Tuesday by a Taliban supporter shows. IS victories have translated into increasing appeal for…

Ogawa Kazumasa and Japanese Photography (1860-1929): Mirage and Ghosts of the Past

Ogawa Kazumasa and Japanese Photography (1860-1929): Mirage and Ghosts of the Past Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The photography of Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929) provides a glimpse into the changing reality of Japan. After all, he was born in the late Edo era but his childhood belongs to the revolutionary period of the Meiji period…

The Jihadist Threat in Italy

The Jihadist Threat in Italy Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Stefano Maria Torelli The Jamestown Foundation In recent months, a number of incidents have brought attention to the possible threat to Italy from cells or individuals linked to the Islamic State. For instance, since mid-April, some pictures of self-proclaimed Islamic State supporters have been circulating on…

Japanese Art by Sawako Utsumi: Buddhism, Shintoism and the Gradual Fading of Kamisaka Sekka

Japanese Art by Sawako Utsumi: Buddhism, Shintoism and the Gradual Fading of Kamisaka Sekka Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The highly esteemed Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) produced stunning pieces of art during rapid changes in the land of the rising sun. These changes in Japan equally apply to times of openness and modernity, to times…

Tokyo Tourism and Culture: Mountains and Spirituality

Tokyo Tourism and Culture: Mountains and Spirituality Olivier LeCourt and Hiroshi Saito Modern Tokyo Times Japanese tourism is internationally famous because of many different angles. This applies to the rich traditions of Japanese culture which can be found throughout this nation. Therefore, images of the Japanese tea ceremony, kabuki, ukiyo-e, Buddhism, Shintoism, Japanese gardens, kimono…

North Korea: Beyond the Six-Party Talks

North Korea: Beyond the Six-Party Talks International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS The Six-Party Talks were established in 2003 as a multilateral forum to achieve the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. However, the parties (China, Japan, North Korea, Russia, South Korea and the U.S.) have not met since December 2008, when the talks stalled…

Japanese Art: Impact of Paris Upon Yasui Sotaro

Japanese Art: Impact of Paris Upon Yasui Sotaro 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, from an…

Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei: ‘We want to be friends with everybody’

Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei: ‘We want to be friends with everybody’ Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Grigory Ioffe The Jamestown Foundation In his lengthy and informative May 19 interview to the Washington Post, Foreign Minister of Belarus Uadzimir Makei responded to four variations of one and the same persistent question: Should Belarus develop its relations…

Nigeria Focused on Boko Haram Crisis: Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger (France in the Shadows)

Nigeria Focused on Boko Haram Crisis: Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger (France in the Shadows) Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The recently elected President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is intent on focusing on the Boko Haram Takfiri Islamist crisis. This can be seen by a five African nation…

Burundi: Peace Sacrificed?

Burundi: Peace Sacrificed? International Crisis Group Africa Briefing OVERVIEW Despite the failed coup attempt on 13 May, popular mobilisation against outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term has not abated, and confrontation between the government and the “Halte au troisième mandat” (Stop the Third Mandate) street movement is intensifying. Over 90,000 Burundians have fled and a…

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Try to Mitigate Water Disputes

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Try to Mitigate Water Disputes Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Umida Hashimova The Jamestown Foundation In April 2015, the parties to the CASA-1000 project (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan) signed a number of important legal documents that allow them to finally break ground on the project (Casa-1000.org, April 27, accessed June 5).…

United Kingdom Hints at Softening Stance Against Russia despite G-7 Condemnation about Ukraine Crisis

United Kingdom Hints at Softening Stance Against Russia despite G-7 Condemnation about Ukraine Crisis Galina Zobova, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Obama continues to sound like a Cold War leader of America when it comes to the Russian Federation. After all, it is clear that the crisis in the Ukraine…