Art of Japan and Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Art of Japan and Utagawa Kuniyoshi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is among the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his artwork is truly amazing and so powerful.  Kuniyoshi, just like other famous Japanese artists like Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, was very diverse. This is because the window of…

Belgian Breeding Ground Fuels New Terror Wave

Belgian Breeding Ground Fuels New Terror Wave by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Time was, thoughts of Belgium led to thoughts of rich, dark chocolate, of Old Master painters and delicate, handmade lace. Now it brings a different image: of Islamic jihad and men armed with Kalashnikovs, and of…

Turkey and Accomplices of Terrorism: Turkey Downs Russian Federation Su-24 Fighter Jet

Turkey and Accomplices of Terrorism: Turkey Downs Russian Federation Su-24 Fighter Jet Nuray Lydia Oglu, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Turkey according to President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation is an accomplishment in supporting terrorism. Putin is not alone in stressing this. Indeed, even the Vice President…

China and the Quiet Kingdom: An Assessment of China-Oman Relations

China and the Quiet Kingdom: An Assessment of China-Oman Relations Publication: China Brief By: Chris Zambelis The Jamestown Foundation China’s foreign policy toward the wider Middle East rests on advancing numerous objectives. Foremost among these priorities is China’s need to assure domestic energy security. As the world’s largest consumer of energy overall and second largest…

Kenya’s Somali North East: Devolution and Security

Kenya’s Somali North East: Devolution and Security International Crisis Group OVERVIEW Devolved government in Kenya’s newly formed north-eastern counties, designed to address decades of political marginalisation and underdevelopment, has been undermined by dominant clans monopolising power and growing corruption. Violent clan competition and antipathy between elected county elites and the remaining national administrative structures have…

Japan Art and Fusions of Sekka by Sawako Utsumi: Buddhist Monks, Shinto and Nightfall

Japan Art and Fusions of Sekka by Sawako Utsumi: Buddhist Monks, Shinto and Nightfall Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Japanese Shinto Shrine and Isolated Buddhist Monk Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) utilized part of his art by focusing on simplicity but within the realm of sophistication based on hidden meanings. Of course, individuals can create…

ISIS Kill Older Yazidi Women while Enslaving Younger Yazidis: Alawite and Christian Persecution

ISIS Kill Older Yazidi Women while Enslaving Younger Yazidis: Alawite and Christian Persecution Ramazan Khalidov, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The utter depravity of ISIS (Islamic State – IS) knows no boundaries therefore the discovery of around 80 female Yazidis in a mass grave isn’t a shock. This sad reality is…

Islamists Slaughter at least 120 people in Paris: France on the Wrong Side of History in Libya and Syria

Islamists Slaughter at least 120 people in Paris: France on the Wrong Side of History in Libya and Syria Murad Makhmudov, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The last two political leaders in France supported intrigues against Libya and Syria that have clearly boosted various Sunni Islamist groups. At the same time,…

Winning the War on Polio in Pakistan

Winning the War on Polio in Pakistan International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS As the world marks Polio Day on 24 October, Pakistan remains the greatest impediment to a polio-free world. It has more cases than any other country, reflecting dual policy failures: to prioritise citizens’ health and to curb violent extremism. Despite signs…

Japan Artist and Derbyshire Landscapes: Bamford and Edale Christian Churches in Art

Japan Artist and Derbyshire Landscapes: Bamford and Edale Christian Churches in Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Edale Church and Beautiful Landscape in Derbyshire Edale in the High Peak is a very beautiful place to visit in this part of Derbyshire. The small size community in the central location further adds to the…

Assassinations of Rebel-Connected Chechens Continue in Turkey

Assassinations of Rebel-Connected Chechens Continue in Turkey Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Mairbek Vatchagaev The Jamestown Foundation Another name has been added to the list of Chechens killed outside Russia: Abdulvakhid Edilgeriev was shot dead last month in Istanbul’s Kayasehir district, which many Chechens have made their home. The murder took place in broad daylight—at…

Japanese Art, Culture and Poetry: Ono no Komachi

Japanese Art, Culture and Poetry: Ono no Komachi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The waka poet, Ono no Komachi, is a noted poet in Japan. This reality is abundantly clear because Komachi is numbered within the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals in the land of the rising sun. Komachi, according to tradition, was born in 825…

The Politics behind the Ebola Crisis

The Politics behind the Ebola Crisis International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS At the Ebola epidemic’s height in mid-2014, there were concerns social order in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could collapse. International mobilisation, notably after the UN Security Council declared the epidemic “a threat to peace and security” on 18 September, brought an…

Nagano Tourism in Japan: Jigokudani Monkey Park

Nagano Tourism in Japan: Jigokudani Monkey Park Michel Lebon and Hiroshi Saito Modern Tokyo Times In Nagano prefecture you have the Jigokudani Monkey Park whereby visitors can watch Snow Monkeys (Japanese Macaques) bathing in a natural onsen (hot spring). The best season to watch from a photographic point of view is the winter season and…

Russian Federation should be a Pivotal Nation for Japan: Energy, Geopolitics and US Failure

Russian Federation should be a Pivotal Nation for Japan: Energy, Geopolitics and US Failure Galina Zobova, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation should become a pivotal nation for Japan based on geopolitical and energy issues. Indeed, given Japan’s uneasy relationship with China, North Korea and South Korea, then a…