Monthly Archive: July, 2016

Japanese Art and Saburosuke Okada: Historical Change and Power of Paris

Japanese Art and Saburosuke Okada: Historical Change and Power of Paris Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Saburosuke Okada (1869-1939) was born one year after the Meiji Restoration of 1868 and he would… Continue reading

Circassians Divided Over Turkish Coup Attempt and Its Aftermath

Circassians Divided Over Turkish Coup Attempt and Its Aftermath Publication: North Caucasus By: Valery Dzutsati The Jamestown Foundation Many from Turkey’s North Caucasian diaspora supported President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the failed July… Continue reading

First Female Elected Governor of Tokyo: Yuriko Koike Promises to Reinvigorate Tokyo

First Female Elected Governor of Tokyo: Yuriko Koike Promises to Reinvigorate Tokyo Kanako Itamae and Hiroshi Saito Modern Tokyo Times A very chaotic Tokyo election resulted with Yuriko Koike emerging victorious. This reality… Continue reading

Visegrad Unity is Essential for Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Slovenia need Embedding

Visegrad Unity is Essential for Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Slovenia need Embedding Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The continent of Europe is once more beset by major… Continue reading

Japanese Tourism and History: Negoro-ji and Buddhism in Stunning Wakayama

Japanese Tourism and History: Negoro-ji and Buddhism in Stunning Wakayama Tomoko Hara and Sarah Deschamps Modern Tokyo Times Japan is blessed with amazing nature and the cultural reality of this unique nation means… Continue reading

Zimbabwe’s Threadbare Theatre of Reform

Zimbabwe’s Threadbare Theatre of Reform Piers Pigou Senior Consultant, Southern Africa International Crisis Group Zimbabweans are slowing rediscovering the courage to speak out as Zimbabwe’s much-vaunted reform process is consumed by insincerity, slow-burn… Continue reading

Japanese Female Warrior and Art: Tomoe Gozen and the Onna-Bugeisha

Japanese Female Warrior and Art: Tomoe Gozen and the Onna-Bugeisha Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Tomoe Gozen is a famous female warrior in Japan who highlights the reality that women played various… Continue reading

France to Form a National Guard in Order to Assist against Sunni Islamist Terrorists

France to Form a National Guard in Order to Assist against Sunni Islamist Terrorists Walter Sebastian, Michiyo Tanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Francois Hollande of France is clearly feeling… Continue reading

Nice Holiday for Merkel during Death and Terror in Germany, then says No Refugee Change

Nice Holiday for Merkel during Death and Terror in Germany, then says No Refugee Change Murad Makhmudov, Sawako Uchida, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Chancellor Merkel had a delightful holiday while… Continue reading

Japan in ¥28 Trillion Economic Package and a Ridiculously Small Increase in Hourly Rate for the Poor

Japan in ¥28 Trillion Economic Package and a Ridiculously Small Increase in Hourly Rate for the Poor Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced… Continue reading

Buddhist Warrior Monk Benkei (1155-1189) in Japanese Art: Buddhism to Yamabushi

Buddhist Warrior Monk Benkei (1155-1189) in Japanese Art: Buddhism to Yamabushi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The legendary Saito no Musashibo Benkei (1155-1189) is a sublime Japanese warrior monk who remained loyal… Continue reading

Militarization of the Caspian Sea: A Zero-Sum Game?

Militarization of the Caspian Sea: A Zero-Sum Game? Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Azad Garibov The Jamestown Foundation On July 13, in the capital city of Astana, Kazakhstan hosted a meeting of the… Continue reading

Sunni Islamists butcher Christian Priest in France: Hungary and Visegrad Needed

Sunni Islamists butcher Christian Priest in France: Hungary and Visegrad Needed Nawal Soueif, Sawako Uchida, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sunni Islamist barbarians who behead and butcher Alawites, Christians, Yazidis, and… Continue reading

Male in his 20s Kills at Least 15 People in a Disabled Residential Care Center in Japan

Male in his 20s Kills at Least 15 People in a Disabled Residential Care Center in Japan Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In Japan, it is known that a… Continue reading

Israel Seeks to Create an Islamist and Sectarian Free Zone in Southern Syria: Independent Syria

Israel Seeks to Create an Islamist and Sectarian Free Zone in Southern Syria: Independent Syria Ramazan Khalidov, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Gulf and NATO nations have collectively conspired… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Buddhism: Sengai Gibon, Individualism, and Rinzai Buddhism

Japanese Art and Buddhism: Sengai Gibon, Individualism, and Rinzai Buddhism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) is a famous individual in Japanese art and history. This is based on his… Continue reading

Pakistan’s LeJ Baluchistan Operations Ready for Resurgence

Pakistan’s LeJ Baluchistan Operations Ready for Resurgence Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 14 Issue: 15 By: Farhan Zahid The Jamestown Foundation Sectarian violence in Pakistan’s troubled Baluchistan province dropped dramatically with the death of… Continue reading

Sunni Islamists Target the Shia in Afghanistan: ISIS Kill at least 80 Shia Muslims

Sunni Islamists Target the Shia in Afghanistan: ISIS Kill at least 80 Shia Muslims Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The mainly Shia Hazara had gathered in the thousands in… Continue reading

Germany in Shock: Many People Killed in Munich Attack but Motives Remain Unclear

Germany in Shock: Many People Killed in Munich Attack but Motives Remain Unclear Helmet Joachim Schmidt, Michiyo Tanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Tragedy hit Munich after a young adult,… Continue reading

Edgar Degas Adored Japanese Art: Ideas of Distance, Impressionism, and art of the Renaissance

Edgar Degas Adored Japanese Art: Ideas of Distance, Impressionism, and art of the Renaissance Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ukiyo-e inspired many artists in distant lands and this includes Edgar Degas, who… Continue reading

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice International Crisis Group The full briefing is also available in: español OVERVIEW In December 2015, President Nicolás Maduro immediately recognised the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition’s resounding legislative election… Continue reading

Nichiren in Japanese Art: Exile to Sado Island of Buddhist Holy Man in Art

Nichiren in Japanese Art: Exile to Sado Island of Buddhist Holy Man in Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Nichiren (1222-1282) was born during a very unstable period in Japan because of… Continue reading

United Kingdom should stop Softbank from Buying ARM: Mass Debt and National Interests

United Kingdom should stop Softbank from Buying ARM: Mass Debt and National Interests Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The United Kingdom government should step-in in order to protect… Continue reading

President Erdogan of Turkey Declares a State of Emergency

President Erdogan of Turkey Declares a State of Emergency Salma Zribi, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey announced a three-month state of emergency, in… Continue reading

Moscow ‘Bypassing’ Armenia to Reach Azerbaijan, Iran and India

Moscow ‘Bypassing’ Armenia to Reach Azerbaijan, Iran and India Publication: Eurasia Daily By: Paul Goble The Jamestown Foundation Perhaps the most important geopolitical development of mid-July 2016 was not the continuing conflict in… Continue reading

Modern Japanese Artist and Utrillo: Seasonal Change of Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt

Modern Japanese Artist and Utrillo: Seasonal Change of Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt in the life of Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) wasn’t a particularly historical and famous… Continue reading

Gulf and Western-Backed Terrorists in Syria Behead a Palestinian Boy after Taunting Him

Gulf and Western-Backed Terrorists in Syria Behead a Palestinian Boy after Taunting Him Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Gulf and Western-backed sectarians in Syria captured a terrified young Palestinian… Continue reading

Turkey under Despotic President Erdogan: Coup Plotters Rushed on Fear of Immediate Arrests

Turkey under Despotic President Erdogan: Coup Plotters Rushed on Fear of Immediate Arrests Nuray Lydia Oglu, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The botched coup against President Erdogan appears to… Continue reading

Nagorno-Karabakh: New Opening, or More Peril?

Nagorno-Karabakh: New Opening, or More Peril? Europe Report N°239 4 Jul 2016 International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS The pattern of military escalation on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border and Line of Contact (LoC)… Continue reading

Japanese Artist and Maurice Utrillo: The Mundane Becomes Illuminated

Japanese Artist and Maurice Utrillo: The Mundane Becomes Illuminated Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The French artist Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955), just like the British artist L.S. Lowry (1887-1976), are two of the… Continue reading

Military Coup in Turkey: President Erdogan and Divided Nation

Military Coup in Turkey: President Erdogan and Divided Nation Nuray Lydia Oglu, Takeshi Hasegawa, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Erdogan of Turkey is hiding behind security officials while a minor… Continue reading

Japanese Buddhism, Kukai (774-835), and Koyasan: A lone cloud has no place to settle

Japanese Buddhism, Kukai (774-835), and Koyasan: A lone cloud has no place to settle Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese Buddhism, just like Christianity and Islam internationally, is divided into various sects… Continue reading