China Needs to Re-evaluate the Independence of Taiwan: America and Japan

China Needs to Re-evaluate the Independence of Taiwan: America and Japan Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of China needs to re-evaluate its relationship with Taiwan. After all, in a geopolitical sense, tensions with Taiwan will only embolden Washington’s containment policy of China. Similarly, the changing sands…

London Terrorist Followed the Jihadist’s Twisted Path From Prison to Terrorist

London Terrorist Followed the Jihadist’s Twisted Path From Prison to Terrorist by Patrick Dunleavy IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Before he drove violently into the crowd on Westminster Bridge, before plunging the knives into the police officer’s body, Khalid Masood‘s twisted path into terrorism followed an all too familiar pattern from petty crimes to…

Japan pulls the Self-Defense Forces out of South Sudan under a Self-Created Cloud

Japan pulls the Self-Defense Forces out of South Sudan under a Self-Created Cloud Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If Japan is serious about becoming a stabilizing international power then pulling out of South Sudan, under “dubious comments” by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, isn’t a positive sign. After all, ethnic and political…

Arunachal Pradesh: Cultural and Strategic Flashpoint For Sino-Indian Relations

Arunachal Pradesh: Cultural and Strategic Flashpoint For Sino-Indian Relations Publication: China Brief Volume: 17 Issue: 1 By: Sudha Ramachandran The Jamestown Foundation Sino-Indian relations are likely to become strained in early 2017. The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Tawang in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in March. According to the Chinese Foreign…

Japanese Artist and Landscapes of Manchester: Blackley Forest, Heaton Park, and River Irk

Japanese Artist and Landscapes of Manchester: Blackley Forest, Heaton Park, and River Irk Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, fuses the art world of Japan and Europe based on an array of areas. For example, from the inspiration of traditional Dutch art to the cityscapes of Paris. Similarly, her…

Syrian Government Remains Steadfast against Sectarianism and Terrorism: Christian Survival

Syrian Government Remains Steadfast against Sectarianism and Terrorism: Christian Survival Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian government remain steadfast in the need to preserve the religious mosaic of this nation. At the same time, despite the flows of Sunni Takfiri sectarians based on the intrigues of…

Israel Focuses more on China: High Technology and Heavy Investment

Israel Focuses more on China: High Technology and Heavy Investment Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is increasingly focused on major Asian powers. Of major significance are China and India but other regional powers like Australia are being targeted. Yet, the flow of…

Japanese Buddhist Poetry by Jakushitsu (1290-1367): Why pursue words, when one truly seeks silence?

Japanese Buddhist Poetry by Jakushitsu (1290-1367): Why pursue words, when one truly seeks silence? Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367) is a famous Japanese Rinzai Buddhist preacher who became the first abbot of the Eigen-ji temple that was built in his honor. He reportedly said about poetry, “Why pursue words, when one…

China Seeking to Prevent America, North Korea, and South Korea from Colliding Head On

China Seeking to Prevent America, North Korea, and South Korea from Colliding Head On Sawako Uchida, Ri Kuk-Chol, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of China is trying to quell militant voices in the respective governments of America, North Korea, and South Korea. This is based on the ongoing militarization and political…

Japanese Art and Dutch Art: Altered Reality of Hiroshige by Van Gogh

Japanese Art and Dutch Art: Altered Reality of Hiroshige 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,…

Burundi needs International Support to Fight against Malaria

Burundi needs International Support to Fight against Malaria Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Burundi needs greater international support to fight against the terrible consequences of malaria. According to government officials in Burundi, approximately 800 people have perished this year alone. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) needs to…

Poetry of Old Japan: Yamabe no Akahito

Poetry of Old Japan: Yamabe no Akahito Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese poet Yamabe no Akahito belongs to the Nara period of history in the eighth century. In truth, much remains unknown about the life of Yamabe apart from the rich poetic legacy he bestowed on future generations. Therefore, the Yamabe that…

China Tolerating Vietnam’s South China Sea Activities, For Now

China Tolerating Vietnam’s South China Sea Activities, For Now Publication: China Brief Volume: 17 Issue: 3 By: Derek Grossman The Jamestown Foundation China’s expanding military presence in the South China Sea has prompted Vietnam to enhance its ability to protect its own holdings in the region. In late November, for example, commercially available imagery revealed…

PM Abe of Japan Grovels to the anti-Human Rights nation of Saudi Arabia

PM Abe of Japan Grovels to the anti-Human Rights nation of Saudi Arabia Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Cabinet officials including Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, just like major Japanese companies, are intent on groveling to the most draconian nation in the world called Saudi Arabia.…

Myanmar needs International Support: Fighting on the Border with China and anti-Buddhist Media

Myanmar needs International Support: Fighting on the Border with China and anti-Buddhist Media Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The situation in Myanmar remains critical because ethnic, religious, and political issues are extremely complex. On top of this, it is notable that certain militias are utilizing border areas between Bangladesh and Myanmar,…

Remembering the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011: Brave Fire Brigade Heroes of Otsuchi to Fleeing Embassies

Remembering the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011: Brave Fire Brigade Heroes of Otsuchi to Fleeing Embassies Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times March 11, 2011, will forever be etched in the consciousness of Japan because of the brutal reality of the Great East Japan Earthquake that triggered a brutal tsunami.…

Japan Tourism and Stunning Wakayama: Ticking Clock of Buddhism in Koyasan and Negoro-Ji

Japan Tourism and Stunning Wakayama: Ticking Clock of Buddhism in Koyasan and Negoro-Ji Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If visitors to Japan have time to connect with spirituality, then Koyasan and Negoro-ji are charming places to visit in Wakayama, where living Buddhism is still ticking strongly. Indeed, the prefecture of Wakayama…