Confucianism and the piety of the Japanese artist Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841)

Confucianism and the piety of the Japanese artist Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) was a very thoughtful artist who came from Japan. Ethics wise, the morality and wisdom of Confucianism impacted greatly on this exceptional artist. Therefore, Watanabe focused on helping ordinary people in the Tahara Domain…

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia backed by OPEC are planning a long-term oil

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia backed by OPEC are planning a long-term oil deal Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia hope to finalize a deal, with the blessing of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), which will benefit all concerned for the next decade or possibly…

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a possible meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a possible meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea  Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times Tentative reports are stressing that a possible meeting may take place between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Of course, nothing is concrete at…

Myanmar and unity: Military Chief focuses on federalism and multi-party democracy

Myanmar and unity: Military Chief focuses on federalism and multi-party democracy Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Myanmar is on the path of consolidating multi-party democracy and is focused on reaching out to fellow Asia Pacific nations and further afield. In recent times, military talks and developments with China,…

Ninth Century Japanese Art: Kose Kanaoka and the Cultural Richness of the Middle Kingdom

Ninth Century Japanese Art: Kose Kanaoka and the Cultural Richness of the Middle Kingdom   Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times A great deal of information isn’t forthcoming in the English-speaking world when it comes to Kose Kanaoka. Indeed, even conjecture remains about the art he produced. This is based on the last known surviving…

North Korea pays homage to China before meetings with America and South Korea: Denuclearization?

North Korea pays homage to China before meetings with America and South Korea: Denuclearization? Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, visited President Xi Jinping in China. Hence, it is clear that the old Middle Kingdom remains of utmost importance to North Korea despite some media…

Japan keeps a low profile in the Skripal case against Russia: Moscow should focus on the Asia Pacific

Japan keeps a low profile in the Skripal case against Russia: Moscow should focus on the Asia Pacific Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Anti-Russian Federation politicians based throughout the Northern Hemisphere accuse the Russian Federation of all things under the sun. Indeed, the media circus of Russophobia follows naturally. Hence, it…

Skripal Chemical Poisoning Case Throws Spotlight on Growing Russian LNG Supplies to UK

Skripal Chemical Poisoning Case Throws Spotlight on Growing Russian LNG Supplies to UK Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Rauf Mammadov The Jamestown Foundation Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement, on March 14, that the United Kingdom was evaluating other natural gas import options to decrease her country’s dependence on gas imports from Russia. The…

Art of Japan and Asai Chu: The altered artistic landscape

Art of Japan and Asai Chu: The altered artistic landscape Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji Restoration of 1868 led to many social convulsions and like all revolutionary periods you had many winners and losers. This applies to individuals who could adapt to the rapid changes in society. Hence, the art world was…

Japan fails to get United States tariff exemptions on steel and aluminum: Nikkei falls

Japan fails to get United States tariff exemptions on steel and aluminum: Nikkei falls  Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan will quietly feel let down by President Donald Trump of America, in relation to failing to be exempted from tariffs imposed by America. Especially given the…

Government-Tied Turkish Organizations Support Global Jihadists and Islamists

IPT Exclusive: Government-Tied Turkish Organizations Support Global Jihadists and Islamists by Abha Shankar IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Turkish organizations with close ties to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration are partnering with, and supplying aid to, global jihadists and Islamist groups, a study by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) finds. For example, a…

President Trump strengthens democracy by signing the Taiwan Travel Act

President Trump strengthens democracy by signing the Taiwan Travel Act Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan is a very robust and outward-looking politician who seeks to entrench this progressive democratic nation internationally. Hence, the knowledge of President Donald Trump of America signing the Taiwan Travel Act bodes…

Myanmar reaches out militarily during ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces meeting held in Singapore

Myanmar reaches out militarily during ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces meeting held in Singapore Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Myanmar is focused firmly on reaching out internationally in the realm of economic investments, development projects, and forging closer military ties with regional nations – and further afield in…

Art of Japan and Sekka: Tranquility despite upheavals

Art of Japan and Sekka: Tranquility despite upheavals Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If you view the sublime simplicity of art by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) then it is difficult to image the enormous convulsions that hit Japan in this period. Indeed, the lifespan of this amazing artist witnessed many revolutionary changes within Japanese society…

The U.S. is abandoning the Kurds in Afrin while seeking to defend Islamist terrorists in Eastern Ghouta

The U.S. is abandoning the Kurds in Afrin while seeking to defend Islamist terrorists in Eastern Ghouta Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times NATO Turkey is using Islamist Takfiris and mercenaries to massacre the Kurds and others in the environs of Afrin in Northern Syria. Yet, while America is abandoning the Kurds…

Myanmar and Japan to hold the third Joint Economic Conference: Participation of Keidanren

Myanmar and Japan to hold the third Joint Economic Conference: Participation of Keidanren Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is intent on working closely with Myanmar in order to build-up greater economic links between both nations. Hence, the third economic business initiative will be held under the Myanmar-Japan…

Japan seeks a mild approach to President Trump and the threat of aluminum and steel tariffs

Japan seeks a mild approach to President Trump and the threat of aluminum and steel tariffs Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of President Shinzo Abe of Japan seeks a mild approach towards the threat of aluminum and steel tariffs by America. This is based on important geopolitical concerns and…

The election in Italy witnesses a North-South split and boost for anti-establishment parties

The election in Italy witnesses a North-South split and boost for anti-establishment parties  Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The election result in Italy equates to a complex picture based on an important North-South split, and no clear mandate for any single political party. Hence, two political parties representing the anti-establishment bloc…

Pierre Bonnard and Japanese art: Examining the inner

Pierre Bonnard and Japanese art: Examining the inner Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Pierre Bonnard was born in 1867 in France. Hence, he was born one year before the Meiji Restoration in Japan. His father had hoped that Bonnard would become a barrister but clearly, Bonnard was destined for the art world. In the…