America and China in Signs of a Joint Approach to North Korea: THAAD and Double Freeze

America and China in Signs of a Joint Approach to North Korea: THAAD and Double Freeze Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, spoke with calmness and a sense that a breakthrough was possible based on ongoing initiatives behind the scenes with China. Of course,…

Muslim Massacre of Hindus unearthed in Rakhine: ARSA Islamist Terrorism in Myanmar

Muslim Massacre of Hindus unearthed in Rakhine: ARSA Islamist Terrorism in Myanmar  Amina Qamar, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Another massacre by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a growing Islamist terrorist group, was unearthed after Hindu eyewitness accounts helped government authorities to find mass graves. On top of this, just…

Art of Sengai Gibon and Rinzai Buddhism: Buddhist Contemplation and Artistic Outreach

Art of Sengai Gibon and Rinzai Buddhism: Buddhist Contemplation and Artistic Outreach Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The inner-soul of Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) was always multidimensional and the flow that linked all fusions was Buddhism. Artistic wise, we will never know the real capabilities of Sengai because his art and writings were based…

Poetry – The kingfisher dies

Poetry – The kingfisher dies I walked around this world in a haze Not knowing, nor seeking, the falsehood of another faith or culture After all, the kingfisher flew and dived Then a patter could be felt It was like the greatest mountain unspoiled by this brutal world Suddenly, my heart danced to another tune…

China hints that Japan should focus on Dialogue towards North Korea: China and Russia

China hints that Japan should focus on Dialogue towards North Korea: China and Russia Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China and the Russian Federation are increasingly concerned by the bellicose rhetoric and actions of the leaders of the United States and North Korea. Equally, political elites in Beijing seek Japan to…

Myanmar anti-Buddhist Propaganda in Full Flow: Media, Syria, and Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Myanmar anti-Buddhist Propaganda in Full Flow: Media, Syria, and Organization of Islamic Cooperation Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The irony couldn’t be more ironic based on the reality of modern-day Bangladesh and Pakistan, two entities carved out of “mother India,” being the graveyards of untold numbers of Buddhists and Hindus throughout…

Tunisian Religious Reforms Challenge Egypt’s Al Azhar

Tunisian Religious Reforms Challenge Egypt’s Al Azhar by Hany Ghoraba Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi marched straight into a battle with Egypt’s highest Sunni authority, Al-Azhar’s mosque and university, when he proposed social and religious reforms giving women more freedom in marriage and guaranteeing them equal inheritance…

South Korea rightly provides Humanitarian Aid to the poor in North Korea: Japan is irked

South Korea rightly provides Humanitarian Aid to the poor in North Korea: Japan is irked Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The current leader of South Korea, President Moon Jae-in, is ignoring the advice of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan when it comes to humanitarian aid to North Korea. Moon, known…

Strategic War Game Zapad 2017 Has Begun

Strategic War Game Zapad 2017 Has Begun Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor  By: Pavel Felgenhauer The Jamestown Foundation Last November, in Minsk, at a session of the joint Russian-Belarusian “defense collegium,” Russia’s minister of defense, Army-General Sergei Shoigu, declared the upcoming strategic war game, Zapad 2017, to be “the most important joint military exercise of the…

North Korea is upping the ante via missile tests over Japan: China, Russia, and South Korea

North Korea is upping the ante via missile tests over Japan: China, Russia, and South Korea Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Northern Japan is now a growing part of North Korea’s missile tests and this reality, while nothing new in spits and spats, is now reaching a new scale under the…

Anti-Myanmar Agenda and Hypocrisy of Malaysia and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Anti-Myanmar Agenda and Hypocrisy of Malaysia and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Salma Zribi, Chika Mori, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It is widely known that Gulf petrodollars from Saudi Arabia have benefitted certain political elites under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia. Equally, while Najib is concerned by the…

Western Encroachment and Japanese Art: Yokohama-e and Sadahide

Western Encroachment and Japanese Art: Yokohama-e and Sadahide Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) witnessed the first years of modernization in Japan that emerged after the 1868 Meiji Restoration. Yet, prior to this dramatic period in Japanese history, the artist Sadahide depicted aspects of Western encroachment. Indeed, while many spectrums of…

President Trump responds quickly to Hurricane crisis: $15 billion in Hurricane related aid

President Trump responds quickly to Hurricane crisis: $15 billion in Hurricane related aid  Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump is sometimes a bit of a maverick whereby he says many surprising things outside presidential norms. Yet, given the current zealous nature of American politics – and the mass media…

U.S. Nuclear Weapons could be deployed in Japan claims Former Secretary-General Ishiba

U.S. Nuclear Weapons could be deployed in Japan claims Former Secretary-General Ishiba Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The highly respected former Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and former Defense Minister, Shigeru Ishiba, believes Japan should discuss the merits of stationing nuclear weapons from the United States (U.S.). Of course,…

Al-Qaeda’s Quiet Resurgence in India

Al-Qaeda’s Quiet Resurgence in India Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Animesh Roul The Jamestown Foundation Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the official South Asian branch of the transnational al-Qaeda network, has spread its tentacles in the region beyond its strongholds. Beyond Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, its influence has reached neighboring India and Myanmar. The emergence…

Art and Cultural Impact of Tomoe Gozen: Female Warrior

Art and Cultural Impact of Tomoe Gozen: Female Warrior Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese legendary female warrior, Tomoe Gozen, is a prime example that the compliant image of females in old Japan and throughout the Tokugawa Period isn’t all that it appears. Indeed, the field of art equally breaks down the rigidity…

Art of Japan: Kanae Yamamoto Overcame Economic Adversity (Part

Art of Japan: Kanae Yamamoto Overcame Economic Adversity (Part One) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Kanae Yamamoto (1882-1946) witnessed many momentous historical events throughout his lifetime. Yet, despite the waves of changeable times – irrespective if modernization or militarization, this famous artist remained passionate about art and depicted many themes. At the…

Hindus and the Buddhist Mro Tribe are fleeing ARSA Islamists in Myanmar: Eye of Yazidis

Hindus and the Buddhist Mro Tribe are fleeing ARSA Islamists in Myanmar: Eye of Yazidis Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The mass media is adept at mass generalizations and this certainly applies to the complex reality of Myanmar. Hence, the endless one-sided and pro-Muslim Rohingya mantra is spread – often, with…