Nicaragua accused of alleged extrajudicial executions under the leadership of Daniel Ortega

Nicaragua accused of alleged extrajudicial executions under the leadership of Daniel Ortega Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times According to Amnesty International, the government of Nicaragua under President Daniel Ortega is being accused of state-sanctioned extrajudicial executions. This strong accusation is based on the deaths of 83 protestors in the last six…

Korean nationalism is overcoming apprehensions in America: Summit being pursued

Korean nationalism is overcoming apprehensions in America: Summit being pursued Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America is open to meeting the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Yet, certain high-ranking individuals in the Trump administration tried to damage this opportunity by threatening the Libya scenario. However, it…

Free Tibet: Language Advocate Tashi Wangchuk Sentenced to Five Years

Language Advocate Tashi Wangchuk Sentenced to Five Years Free Tibet Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk has been sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court, according to his lawyer Liangxio Jun. Campaigners have condemned the decision, stating that it shows “China’s legal rights are not worth the paper they are written on.” The…

Art of Zen Buddhism in Japan: Hakuin Ekaku

Art of Zen Buddhism in Japan: Hakuin Ekaku Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The holy Buddhist monk Hakuin Ekaku revived the school of Rinzai Buddhism based on taking Zen Buddhism far and wide. Indeed, his upbringing meant that he never lost touch with people at the bottom of the ladder, in terms of wealth.…

Rinzai Buddhism and the Buddhist artistic outreach of Sengai Gibon

Rinzai Buddhism and the Buddhist artistic outreach of Sengai Gibon 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 on simplicity,…

Female Literature in old Japan: Michitsuna no Haha 935-99

Female Literature in old Japan: Michitsuna no Haha 935-99 Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese female writer (diarist) and waka poet Michitsuna no Haha (Michitsuna’s mother) was born in 935 and she passed away in 995. Her writings, or diaries of truth and lament, highlight the trials and tribulations that she faced during…

US Embassy opens in Jerusalem: Trump blames Hamas for the deaths of Palestinians by Israel

US Embassy opens in Jerusalem: Trump blames Hamas for the deaths of Palestinians by Israel Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem infuriated many Palestinians. Hence, having been whipped up into a frenzy by Hamas and other forces within the Palestinian political structure, then…

Cameroon and the menace of Islamist terrorism: Boko Haram and Amnesty International

Cameroon and the menace of Islamist terrorism: Boko Haram and Amnesty International Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Cameroon is on the frontline in fighting the barbarity of Boko Haram terrorism. Yet, reports by human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, are often “useful tools for Sunni Takfiris.” Hence, latest…

Art and culture flourished under the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in the 16th century

Art and culture flourished under the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in the 16th century Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) was extremely multi-dimensional despite his harsh reputation. This single figure in Japanese history laid the foundation stone for the centralization of Japan based on his tenacity, creativity, openness to new…

UK, Japan Companies Help China to Counter US’s Tech Leverage

UK, Japan Companies Help China to Counter US’s Tech Leverage By: Matt Schrader The Jamestown Foundation With the help of major tech companies from the UK and Japan, China may be poised to take an important step towards isolating its microchip supply chain from US pressure, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accelerates an indigenous…

Narashige Koide and art of Japan: Intriguing artist

Narashige Koide and art of Japan: Intriguing artist Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yoga (Western-style) portraiture art and expressions of still life by Narashige Koide remain deeply embedded when thinking about this artist. Koide continued to develop through his relatively short life because he died at the age of 43. Near the end of…

Mega-banks in Japan threaten major job loses based on changing times

Mega-banks in Japan threaten major job loses based on changing times 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, in…