Tokyo Fashion and Aoyama: Exquisite Area for Boutiques

Tokyo Fashion and Aoyama: Exquisite Area for Boutiques Sarah Deschamps and Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo News Aoyama fashion is famous in Tokyo because you have so many exquisite boutiques in this very exclusive area.  The fashion boutiques are a splendid mixture of American, European, and Japanese fashion – and the various mosaic within European fashion…

After a Delay, Russia Delivers New Types of Weapons to Armenia

After a Delay, Russia Delivers New Types of Weapons to Armenia Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Armen Grigoryan The Jamestown Foundation During preparations for a military parade to mark the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence on September 21, Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile launchers (NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) appeared on the streets of Yerevan.…

Russian Military Presence in Syria Increasing With Carrier Deploying to Eastern Mediterranean

Russian Military Presence in Syria Increasing With Carrier Deploying to Eastern Mediterranean Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Pavel Felgenhauer The Jamestown Foundation It took several month of intermittent talks between the United States and Russia and many multi-hour marathon sessions between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to hammer…

Fashion in Tokyo: Trendy Districts of Aoyama and Daikanyama

Fashion in Tokyo: Trendy Districts of Aoyama and Daikanyama  Kanako Itamae and Sarah Deschamps Modern Tokyo Times The fashion scene in Tokyo is extremely vibrant based on so many amazing districts. Internationally, the buzzing districts of Harajuku, Ginza and Shibuya stand out with Shinjuku and Ikebukuro also belonging to the major fashion areas of Tokyo.…

Modern Japanese Artist and Buddhism: Nichiren and Isolation of Exile on Sado Island

Modern Japanese Artist and Buddhism: Nichiren and Isolation of Exile on Sado Island Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, focuses in this art piece on the famous Buddhist holy man called Nichiren (1222-1282). Unlike other established Buddhist religious leaders who influenced the people of Japan, Nichiren went against the…

Pity Yemen: UK and US Support the Anti-Christian and Anti-Shia Nation of Saudi Arabia

Pity Yemen: UK and US Support the Anti-Christian and Anti-Shia Nation of Saudi Arabia Murad Makhmudov, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It matters not if you vote for the two main political parties in America when it comes to Saudi Arabia. Of course, you have some honorable politicians including Senator Rand…

Muslim Brotherhood Members Gather in Washington D.C. to Blast Egyptian Government

Brotherhood Members Gather in D.C. to Blast Egyptian Government by John Rossomando IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Roughly two dozen Egyptians opposed to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, some with Muslim Brotherhood connections, signed a declaration last week in Washington endorsing a civil constitution that separates mosque and state. Three of the declaration’s points involve…

Finland and the Russian Federation: Moscow Seeks the Status Quo based on NATO Encroachment

Finland and the Russian Federation: Moscow Seeks the Status Quo based on NATO Encroachment Ramazan Khalidov, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation is alarmed by the possible encroachment of NATO reaching Finland. This is based on the shared border between the Russian Federation and Finland…

Christians Butchered in the Central African Republic by Muslim Seleka Forces

Christians Butchered in the Central African Republic by Muslim Seleka Forces Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of the Central African Republic remains on tenterhooks because of ethnic and religious divisions exacerbated by past outside meddling. In the latest massacre, the mainly Muslim movement called Seleka systematically…

Geopolitical Complexities of Turkmenistan: East nor West

Geopolitical Complexities of Turkmenistan: East nor West Nuray Lydia Oglu, Hiroshi Saito, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Turkmenistan is of major geopolitical significance because of its shared borders with Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Of equal significance is the coastal area that links Turkmenistan to the Caspian Sea; thereby sharing…

Shia Persecution: Remembering the Execution of Sheikh al-Nimr by the State Apparatus of Saudi Arabia

Shia Persecution: Remembering the Execution of Sheikh al-Nimr by the State Apparatus of Saudi Arabia Ramazan Khalidov, Takeshi Hasegawa, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The holy Shia cleric named Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr (Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Namir) was brutally killed by the state of Saudi Arabia earlier this year. It is known…

Visegrad Unity Needed after Luxembourg Tirade against Hungary: Sunni Takfiris and Genuine Refugees

Visegrad Unity Needed after Luxembourg Tirade against Hungary: Sunni Takfiris and Genuine Refugees Murad Makhmudov, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In Hungary children currently can go to school without the fear of terrorism unlike the parallel reality of modern day France. Indeed, even religious buildings now in France need to be…

Mountain Range, the Tengu, Shintoism, and Tokyo Tourism: Mount Takao and Culture

Mountain Range, the Tengu, Shintoism, and Tokyo Tourism: Mount Takao and Culture 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 that can be found throughout this nation. Therefore, the imagination focuses on Buddhism, Haiku, Japanese gardens, …

A Crystallizing Russo-Chinese Alliance

A Crystallizing Russo-Chinese Alliance Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Stephen Blank The Jamestown Foundation Whenever a Russian president travels to Asiatic Russia or the Asia-Pacific region, he traditionally enunciates important precepts of Russian foreign policy in Asia. This was true of both Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin during all three of his presidential terms. Putin’s…

North Korea Suspected of Possible Nuclear Test: Japan needs a Fresh Approach

North Korea Suspected of Possible Nuclear Test: Japan needs a Fresh Approach Ri Kuk-Chok, Kanako Itamae, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times According to various reports, it appears that North Korea did a nuclear test after an “artificial earthquake” of magnitude 5.3 was detected. This detection took place near a nuclear site, therefore, providing…

Obama’s Real Legacy is Military Arm Sales to Saudi Arabia: Rand Paul, Human Rights, and Yemen

Obama’s Real Legacy is Military Arm Sales to Saudi Arabia: Rand Paul, Human Rights, and Yemen Murad Makhmudov, Sawako Uchida, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Obama of America espouses human rights at home, gun controls, the rights of homosexuals, equality for women, transgender rights, and he whitewashes the reality of Sunni Islamic…

France and Tunisia seek Cooperation on ISIS Fanatics Fleeing Libya: Fear in Europe

France and Tunisia seek Cooperation on ISIS Fanatics Fleeing Libya: Fear in Europe Noriko Watanabe, Salma Zribi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   France and Tunisia seek greater regional efforts to stem the tide of ISIS (Islamic State – IS) fanatics fleeing Libya after recent military losses in Sirte. According to both nations,…

Meiji Ukiyo-e Art is Undervalued

Meiji Ukiyo-e Art is Undervalued Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji Period (1868-1912) was very dynamic in many ways because of new thinking, modernization, radical change, and a plethora of other factors, altered the cultural landscape in all major cities. However, the countryside often ticked to a different beat despite important reforms and…

Ogata Korin and the Eyes of Hoitsu: Art of Japan

Art of Japan and Ogata Korin: The Importance of Hoitsu in Saving Korin Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The art of Ogata Korin remains potent because of clarity and his own unique ways. However, at one point it appeared that the winds of time would threaten his legacy. If this had happened then Japanese…