Islamization and Bengali Muslim migration: Indigenous of Assam, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, and Rakhine

Islamization and Bengali Muslim migration: Indigenous of Assam, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, and Rakhine Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The international media is negating the serious issue of Bengali Muslims overwhelming the indigenous in Assam (India), the Chittagong Hill Tracts (Bangladesh), Rakhine (Myanmar), and other areas. Indeed, it appears that Buddhists,…

Russia Makes Further Gains in Syria After Helsinki

Russia Makes Further Gains in Syria After Helsinki Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Pavel Felgenhauer The Jamestown Foundation In the past several days, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the first deputy defense minister and chief of the General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, went on an unprecedented joint trip to Israel, Germany and France to…

Japanese art and the exile of a holy Buddhist priest

Japanese art and the exile of a holy Buddhist priest Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Nichiren (1222-1282) was born during a very unstable period in Japan because of internal political convulsions, the devastation of nature, and belief that the world was entering a bleak period based on growing backwardness. Debates took place around the…

Trump administration warns NATO Turkey to end its persecution of a Christian pastor

Trump administration warns NATO Turkey to end its persecution of a Christian pastor Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America and other powerful members of his administration have warned Turkey, a fellow NATO member, to stop persecuting Andrew Brunson who is a Christian pastor. Of course, given the…

Japan art of the twelfth century: Annual rites and ceremonies

Japan art of the twelfth century: Annual rites and ceremonies Lee Jay Walker   Modern Tokyo Times The twelfth-century Japanese artist, Tokiwa Mitsunaga, resided in a world of power politics related to blood and prestigious holy Buddhist temples. Sadly, the passages of time and the tragedy of fire means that originals perished. At the same…

Art of Japan and the remaining shadow of Shintoism

Art of Japan and the remaining shadow of Shintoism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Buddhist temples from various sects appear to dominate the religious discourse in Japan but inwardly the faith of Shintoism remains within the soul, irrespective of cultural, religious, or secular. Indeed, the splendor of ultra-modern cities, for example, Tokyo and Osaka,…

Canada is Funding and Supporting Terrorism Front Groups with Taxpayers’ Money

Canada is Funding and Supporting Terrorism Front Groups with Taxpayers’ Money by Tom Quiggin Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism The government of Canada plans to funnel $23 million into a multicultural program, Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid announced last week. The money is an outgrowth of Canada’s M-103 “Systemic racism and religious…

Japan and EU trade deal is a sign that both entities oppose protectionism and Trump’s America First

Japan and EU trade deal is a sign that both entities oppose protectionism and Trump’s America First Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The signed economic agreement between Japan and the European Union (EU) will account for roughly 37 percent of all international trade in terms of value. Equally important for Japan,…

President Putin of Russia is optimistic after meeting President Trump of America in Helsinki

President Putin of Russia is optimistic after meeting President Trump of America in Helsinki Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation is optimistic of resetting better relations with America after meeting President Donald Trump of America in Helsinki. The two powerful leaders spoke frankly at times…

President Xi Jinping of China and power concentration: the legacy of Deng Xiaoping is being threatened

President Xi Jinping of China and power concentration: the legacy of Deng Xiaoping is being threatened Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Deng Xiaoping radically altered China from a tainted one-party-state based on power concentration under an all-encompassing leader, into a party that focused on the path of modernization and furthering the…

President Erdogan of Turkey is sullying NATO: Endless arrests to power concentration

President Erdogan of Turkey is sullying NATO: Endless arrests to power concentration Nuray Lydia Oglu and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Turkey in recent years is witnessing the relentless imprisonment of Kurdish political activists, arrests of supporters of Fethullah Gülen, and anyone not towing the Islamist-leaning government of President Recep Tayyip…

Art of Japan and the Bridge in the Rain: Van Gogh and Hiroshige

Art of Japan and the Bridge in the Rain: Van Gogh and Hiroshige Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist, Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858), is one of the most esteemed ukiyo-e artists to hail from the land of the rising sun. Internationally, Hiroshige inspired many Western artists including Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Therefore, several…

Art of Japan and changing times: Yokohama-e and Western encroachment

Art of Japan and changing times: Yokohama-e and Western encroachment 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…

China’s Intensifying Pressure Campaign against Taiwan

China’s Intensifying Pressure Campaign against Taiwan Publication: China Brief By: Russell Hsiao The Jamestown Foundation China has significantly ramped up pressure on Taiwan since Tsai Ing-wen was democratically-elected as the country’s president in January 2016. As Beijing’s external pressure on Taiwan grows, pressure for action is building on the Tsai administration, both from the opposition…

Art of Japan and Nichiren Buddhism in the soul of Rinpa art

Art of Japan and Nichiren Buddhism in the soul of Rinpa art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese historical art is blessed with many forms inspired internally and from the richness of ancient China and Korea. At the same time, religious and philosophical influence naturally flowed within the historical legacy of Japanese art. Therefore,…

Japanese Buddhist poetry of the fourteenth century: Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367)

Japanese Buddhist poetry of the fourteenth century: Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367) 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 truly seeks silence?” This…