Jahba East Africa: Islamic State Alters the Dynamic of Somalia’s Conflict

Jahba East Africa: Islamic State Alters the Dynamic of Somalia’s Conflict Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Sunguta West The Jamestown Foundation With the emergence of a group in Somaliland calling itself Jahba East Africa, it appears Islamic State (IS) is becoming an independent entity in Somalia’s insurgency. This development will likely complicate the conflict both for…

Art of Japan and Kiyonaga: Areas of High Culture

Art of Japan and Kiyonaga: Areas of High Culture 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 the top of this school highlights many aspects of Japanese culture within the art world because he wasn’t related to the…

Japan Loses Out to France in Major Submarine Contract with Australia: US Reliance

Japan Loses Out to France in Major Submarine Contract with Australia: US Reliance Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is waking up to the geopolitical reality that over-reliance on America isn’t always positive. In this sense, it appears reasonable for Australia to choose France over…

Putin’s Secret Force Multiplier: Special Operations Forces

Putin’s Secret Force Multiplier: Special Operations Forces Publication: Eurasia Daily By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation One in three questions posed to President Vladimir Putin during his recent annual live phone-in show covered issues of national security. Public interest in events in Donbas has apparently shrunk substantially, and the only concerns expressed about the Islamic…

Nationalist Party Tops First Round Election in Austria: Mass Immigration and Political Alienation

Nationalist Party Tops First Round Election in Austria: Mass Immigration and Political Alienation Helmet Joachim Schmidt, Michiyo Tanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The first round Austrian presidential elections witnessed a resounding rebuke of the two main political parties. This reality is based on Norbert Hofer, the Freedom Party of Austria, obtaining approximately…

Paul Gauguin and L.S. Lowry: Passion and Love of Art

Paul Gauguin and L.S. Lowry: Passion and Love of Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) became one of the greatest artists in Britain during the twentieth century despite facing many obstacles related to his artistic style. After all, his style was very individualistic alongside being extremely broad. Northern English people can…

Japanese and Dutch Art: Hiroshige and the Altered Mirage by Van Gogh

Japanese and Dutch Art: Hiroshige and the Altered Mirage by Van Gogh Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ando (Utagawa) Hiroshige (1797-1858) is one of the most famous Japanese ukiyo-e artists to have impacted greatly internationally. This reality came to the attention of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and other European artists of high distinction. Therefore,…

Art of Japan and Yorozu Tetsugoro: Creativity and Freedom

Art of Japan and Yorozu Tetsugoro: Creativity and Freedom Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yorozu Tetsugoro was born in 1885 and died of tuberculosis in 1927 after severe complications from pneumonia that finally took its toll. Sadly, all too often many artists in this period died young and the same fate awaited this genius…

Report Suggests Radical Islamists Infiltrating German Military to Receive Training

Report Suggests Radical Islamists Infiltrating German Military to Receive Training by IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism A growing number of Islamist radicals are infiltrating Germany’s military, the Bundeswehr, with an estimated 30 former soldiers later joining international terrorist organizations, reports German press agency DPA International. Germany’s military counterintelligence service (MAD) says 65 active soldiers…

Earthquake Kills 9 in Southern Japan and Hundreds Injured

Earthquake Kills 9 in Southern Japan and Hundreds Injured Takeshi Hasegawa and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times It is known that at least nine people have perished after a potent earthquake struck southern Japan. On top of this, hundreds have been injured and it is possible that the final death toll may increase. Therefore, search…

Japanese Buddhism and Tourism in Wakayama: Stunning Koyasan

Japanese Buddhism and Tourism in Wakayama: Stunning Koyasan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Kansai region is extremely diverse because you have countless places to visit and enjoy the uniqueness of Japan in this amazing prefecture.  Therefore, it is nigh impossible to pick one special gem because you have so many. Despite this, if…

Japanese Artist and Aert Van Der Neer: Christianity, Dutch Art, Edo Period and Altered Realities

Japanese Artist and Aert Van Der Neer: Christianity, Dutch Art, Edo Period and Altered Realities Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Dutch Golden Age of art is a true blessing because the potency remains despite the enormous distance in time. Not surprisingly, the contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi adores this reality. This fact can…

Leaflets in London Mosque Encourage Killing Ahmadiyya Muslims

Leaflets in London Mosque Encourage Killing Ahmadiyya Muslims by John Rossomando Investigative Project on Terrorism Pamphlets left at London’s Stockwell Green Mosque threaten death to Ahmadiyya Muslims unless they convert to mainstream Sunni Islam. Opponents have accused this mosque of helping promote acts of terror and hate in Pakistan in 2011, prompting a denial from…

Tokyo Lifestyle and Fashion in Kichijoji

Tokyo Lifestyle and Fashion in Kichijoji Sarah Deschamps and Kanako Itamae  Modern Tokyo Times Tokyo lifestyle provides a wealth of different options that appeal to different individuals. The district of Kichijoji is one of many lovely places to reside in Tokyo. This is based on this delightful area being blessed with a lovely fashion district…

Nepal’s Divisive New Constitution: An Existential Crisis

Nepal’s Divisive New Constitution: An Existential Crisis Asia Report International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS On 20 September 2015, Nepal’s new constitution passed amid deadly protests by Madhesi and Tharu groups across the southern Tarai plains that continued for months, leaving 57 dead. Protesting groups said the statute backtracked on addressing structural discrimination. The…

Russia must warn Turkey over Armenia and Azerbaijan tensions: Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis

Russia must warn Turkey over Armenia and Azerbaijan tensions: Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis Ramazan Khalidov, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation must warn Turkey about embroiling itself in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. Indeed, given events in Syria and the Ukraine, then clearly political elites in Moscow really…

Japan and Foreign Workers to Reach 1 Million: Europe, Capitalism, Islamists and Cultural Stability

Japan and Foreign Workers to Reach 1 Million: Europe, Capitalism, Islamists and Cultural Stability Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and capitalist corporations that support the loosening of foreign employment are at the bottom ladder of evolving into yet another cultural wipeout. Indeed, one only needs…

Neglected Refugees of South Sudan and Bonds Linking the UK: Animists, Christians, and Economic Migrants

Neglected Refugees of South Sudan and Bonds Linking the UK: Animists, Christians, and Economic Migrants Lielit Kebede, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In South Sudan, the mainly Animist and Christian civilian population are in dire need of economic and international support. Unlike mainly male economic migrants reaching Europe who insist on…