Art of Japan and Edgar Degas: Fusions of Ideas

Art of Japan and Edgar Degas: Fusions of Ideas Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ukiyo-e inspired many artists in distant lands and this includes Edgar Degas, who came to admire this Japanese art form. Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was born in Paris into a wealthy family and he was blessed to study at the Ecole…

Defense Minister Shoigu Promotes Russian Cyber Warfare Troops and Declares Victory in Syria

Defense Minister Shoigu Promotes Russian Cyber Warfare Troops and Declares Victory in Syria Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Pavel Felgenhauer The Jamestown Foundation Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu used the shortened workweek before Red Army Day (February 23—officially rechristened “Defender of the Fatherland Day,” following the collapse of the Soviet Union) to promote Russia’s military successes.…

Japanese Art and Esaias Van De Velde: Christian Churches and Dutch Villages Through Japanese Eyes

Japanese Art and Esaias Van De Velde: Christian Churches and Dutch Villages Through Japanese Eyes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi adores the richness of Dutch Art from the distant past of the fifteenth to seventeenth century. In this article, the focus is firmly on Esaias van de Velde…

Coptic Christians Flee Sunni Islamists in North Sinai in Egypt

Coptic Christians Flee Sunni Islamists in North Sinai in Egypt Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The indigenous Coptic Christians of Egypt are fleeing parts of North Sinai based on recent terrorist attacks and warnings towards this embattled religious community. Once more, the reality of Sunni Islamism and sectarianism is threatening to…

Maryland Mosque in America Lauds Pakistan Assassin of Salman Taseer

Maryland Mosque Lauds Pakistan Assassin by IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism On Sunday, an American mosque glorified a terrorist responsible for killing a Pakistani governor who was critical of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, the Rabwah Times reported. Salman Taseer, the former governor of Punjab province, became an instant target for radical Islamists after he defended…

Samurai Taira no Tadamori and Art of Japan

Samurai Taira no Tadamori and Art of Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese art and folklore depict Taira no Tadamori (1096-1153) most favorably because this notable samurai feared nothing in this world. Likewise, within the rich world of Japanese folklore and spirituality Tadamori also didn’t fear the unseen world of dark mysteries. Therefore,…

Siege of Mecca and International Sunni Islamist Terrorism based on Gulf Petrodollars and Western Intrigues

Siege of Mecca and International Sunni Islamist Terrorism based on Gulf Petrodollars and Western Intrigues Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In the 1980s, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and some other nations began to fund Sunni Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan. This meddling came hot on the heels…

The ‘Khasavyurt Group’: A New Watershed of Islamic State Activity in Dagestan

The ‘Khasavyurt Group’: A New Watershed of Islamic State Activity in Dagestan Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Neil Hauer The Jamestown Foundation The discovery of what appears to be a sizeable Islamic State (IS) cell in the Russian city of Khasavyurt, located in the North Caucasian republic of Dagestan, has sparked numerous violent confrontations as long-simmering tensions…

Sunni Islamists Slaughter many in Iraq and Pakistan: Shia and Sufi Targeted

Sunni Islamists Slaughter many in Iraq and Pakistan: Shia and Sufi Targeted Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Another barbaric day in the annals of Sunni Islamic terrorism, whereby Shia Muslims in Iraq were targeted and a Sufi Muslim shrine witnessed enormous destruction in Pakistan. The result being the deaths of over…

ISIS Terrorists Tapping Organized Crime to Infiltrate Europe

ISIS Terrorists Tapping Organized Crime to Infiltrate Europe IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism With the help of organized criminal elements, Islamic State terrorists reportedly are buying legitimate British passports that can evade security detection from security authorities, the Daily Beast reports. An Italian intelligence investigation into the Camorra mafia discovered an advertisement on the…

Russophobia is Running Riot in America based on Hardline Republicans, Democrats, and the Media

Russophobia is Running Riot in America based on Hardline Republicans, Democrats, and the Media Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Hardline Republicans and liberal Democrats who espouse Russophobia at the drop of a hat seek to put President Donald Trump of America into a corner. It seems that terrorist ratlines by certain…

Calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige and Bodhisattva Kannon: Buddhism and Culture

Calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige and Bodhisattva Kannon: Buddhism and Culture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sugawara Mitsushige is a Japanese calligrapher of the thirteenth century who naturally focused on Buddhism in this period of Japanese history. He produced extremely stunning presentations related to Bodhisattva Kannon. Therefore, images in this article related to chapter 25 of…

America and Japan: Trump should be aware of “Abe bearing Financial Incentives”

America and Japan: Trump should be aware of “Abe bearing Financial Incentives” Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are holding important talks. Yet, for Abe, it is business like usual in the sense of protecting and promoting Japanese business. However, for Trump,…

Art of Japan and Influence of Confucius: Tanomura Chikuden

Art of Japan and Influence of Confucius: Tanomura Chikuden Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835) lived during the Edo period in the land of the rising sun. From a young age the teachings of Confucius appealed greatly during his young adulthood, therefore, Tanomura Chikuden thought heavily about becoming a…

Ethiopia Must Continue to Help Stabilize South Sudan

Ethiopia Must Continue to Help Stabilize South Sudan Rashid Abdi Project Director, Horn of Africa International Crisis Group Ethiopia’s commitment to peace-making in South Sudan has been critical for regional stability. It has much to gain from continuing this engagement, including a secure border and trade with a stable neighbour. But achieving lasting peace after…

Sunni Terrorism is Killing Internationally but America Blames Iran: Christians and Hezbollah

Sunni Terrorism is Killing Internationally but America Blames Iran: Christians and Hezbollah Boutros Hussein, Chika Mori, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America was elected based on promises over the internal economy and re-energizing the nation state by focusing on equal trade agreements that envisage greater protection for American workers.…

Dubai Security Chief Backs Trump Immigration Order

Dubai Security Chief Backs Trump Immigration Order by John Rossomando Investigative Project on Terrorism A prominent figure in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) security apparatus is endorsing President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning citizens of seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S., the Jordanian news service Al Bawaba reports. “We completely support Trump in…

Protests in Romania Grow based on Leftist Government Seeking to Free Corrupt Officials

Protests in Romania Grow based on Leftist Government Seeking to Free Corrupt Officials Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu of Romania is under pressure because vast numbers of Romanians believe that the leftist government is favoring corrupt officials over the masses. Grindeanu, the Social Democratic Party (PSD), supported…

Rinpa and Japanese Art: Kyoto and Nichiren Buddhism

Rinpa and Japanese Art: Kyoto and Nichiren Buddhism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese historical art is blessed with many forms inspired internally and from the richness of ancient China and Korea. At the same time, religious and philosophical influence naturally flowed within the historical legacy of Japanese art. Therefore, it is fitting to…