International Aid is assisting Sunni Islamism and Year Zero: Government to the Taliban

International Aid is assisting Sunni Islamism and Year Zero: Government to the Taliban Ramazan Khalidov, Michiyo Tanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Once more many nations will pledge major financial support to the government of Afghanistan and like usual little strings will be attached. In other words, irrespective if it is the anti-non-Muslim…

Japanese Art and Power of Mount Fuji

Japanese Art and Power of Mount Fuji Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Mount Fuji in Japan means many things to different individuals because of the symbolic importance of this highly impressive and unique mountain. Internationally, Mount Fuji is famous and for individuals flying to Japan for the first time, then the view is amazing…

Sudan’s Controversial Rapid Support Forces Bolster Saudi Efforts in Yemen

Sudan’s Controversial Rapid Support Forces Bolster Saudi Efforts in Yemen Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 20 By: Nicholas A. Heras The Jamestown Foundation In late September, the military leader of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF), General Muhammad Hamdan Daqlu (a.k.a. “Hametti”), unintentionally sparked controversy by announcing that 412 Sudanese soldiers had been killed in…

Japanese Megabanks threaten major job losses based on changing times and profitability

Japanese Megabanks threaten major job losses based on changing times and profitability Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Megabanks in Japan are threatening major job losses over respective periods of time to offset changing technology, client usage habits, a changing financial market, and the need to boost profitability based on restructuring. However,…

China, India, and Russia support Myanmar’s struggle against Islamic terrorism and path to stability

China, India, and Russia support Myanmar’s struggle against Islamic terrorism and path to stability Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The powerful nations of China, India, and the Russian Federation continue to express their support for the government of Myanmar. Indeed, given certain animosities between China and India over border issues –…

Japanese Artist inspired by L.S. Lowry: Japanese context of Northern England

Japanese Artist inspired by L.S. Lowry: Japanese context of Northern England Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, is deeply moved by the art of L.S. Lowry (original below). Indeed, several art pieces done by Utsumi relate to playing on certain Japanese themes while focusing on the original. Therefore, in…

Japan, South Korea, and the United States aim to show unity towards North Korea

Japan, South Korea, and the United States aim to show unity towards North Korea Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Defense Ministers of America, Japan, and South Korea all issued a joint statement aimed at North Korea. This is in relation to North Korea and its increasing saber rattling, modernization of…

Art of Japan and the Kami of Shinto: Mountains in Blue

Art of Japan and the Kami of Shinto: Mountains in Blue Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The modern Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, hails from northern Japan. In this article, the focus is on three recent art pieces related to stunning mountains. Unlike this art piece, the faith of Shinto played a significant part in…

Chinese and Indian Competition in Space Heats Up

Chinese and Indian Competition in Space Heats Up Publication: China Brief By: Sudha Ramachandran The Jamestown Foundation On May 5, India began a new diplomatic push in South Asia by launching the “South Asia satellite” into space. Built and launched by the government-run Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the satellite will provide communications and meteorological…

Mosques attacked by Sunni Islamists in Afghanistan: Islamist hypocrisy and Myanmar

Mosques attacked by Sunni Islamists in Afghanistan: Islamist hypocrisy and Myanmar  Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sunni Islamists have once more slaughtered Shia Muslims in Afghanistan after one brutal attack against a Shia mosque. During the same timescale, another Sunni mosque was attacked in a suspected attack by Sunni Islamists based…

Shintoism and Japanese Poetry: Arakida Moritake (1473-1549)

Shintoism and Japanese Poetry: Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The poetry of Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) was inspired by the flows of the past, the reality of nature, and the Shinto faith that meant so much to him. Not surprisingly, in the history of Japan prior to the modernization period of the…

British and Islamic collusion in the Chittagong Hill Tracts against Buddhism: Myanmar and Hinduism

British and Islamic collusion in the Chittagong Hill Tracts against Buddhism: Myanmar and Hinduism Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The reality of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh where Buddhists are increasingly marginalized based on endless Bengali Muslim settlements, is a fear held within certain Buddhist circles who worry about Islamization…

Hindu Organizations in Myanmar condemn ARSA Terrorism and International Media Coverage

Hindu Organizations in Myanmar condemn ARSA Terrorism and International Media Coverage Boutros Hussein, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Important Hindu organizations in Myanmar have condemned the Islamist terrorist organization called the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for committing massacres against Hindus. At the same time, the All Myanmar Hindu Central Council…

Armenia Amends New Military Doctrine in Standoff With Azerbaijan Over Karabakh

Armenia Amends New Military Doctrine in Standoff With Azerbaijan Over Karabakh Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Eduard Abrahamyan The Jamestown Foundation At the Armenian diaspora’s Sixth Pan-Armenian Forum, held on September 18¬–20, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian declared that Yerevan was discussing the possible handover of some occupied territories back to Azerbaijan, in line with…

Russian Federation accuses America of assisting ISIS movements entering Syria

Russian Federation accuses America of assisting ISIS movements entering Syria Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation is accusing America of reducing its air strikes on ISIS (Islamic State – IS) in Iraq, in order to weaken the position of the Syrian armed forces. Of course, the issue isn’t singular…

Buddhist Art, Sesshū Tōyō, and entrapment of time: Is Huike paying respect to Bodhidharma?

Buddhist Art, Sesshū Tōyō, and entrapment of time: Is Huike paying respect to Bodhidharma? Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist, Sesshū Tōyō (1420-1506), never questioned the Buddhist faith but in an artistic sense, he felt constrained by the time of his day. Indeed, the stunning and intriguing art piece titled Huike Offering…