Tunisia’s Islamist Parliament Speaker in Hot Water Over Erdogan Meeting

Tunisia’s Islamist Parliament Speaker in Hot Water Over Erdogan Meeting by Hany Ghoraba Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Islamists’ second chance at ruling Tunisia is off to a rough start. Newly-elected Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rachid Ghannouchi, who leads the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Ennahda Party, triggered a political backlash this month by secretly meeting…

Japanese artist through a period of political change

Japanese artist through a period of political change Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934) created many amazing pieces of art during a period of rapid political change. He was born in the old world of the Edo Period (1603-1868) and witnessed the modernization of the Meiji Period in its…

Local Government of Osaka at odds with the Japanese Government over Coronavirus

Local Government of Osaka at odds with the Japanese Government over Coronavirus Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus emanating from China is creating different political views in Japan. Thus, with eight cases of coronavirus being known in Japan, the Osaka Prefectural Government is taking a different approach to that of…

The United Kingdom and the Huawei 5G fine balance between America and China

The United Kingdom and the Huawei 5G fine balance between America and China Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom (UK) sought to placate America and China. Of course, it appears that America will be slightly aggrieved and disappointed while China is more upbeat. Either…

Japan to evacuate nationals from Wuhan: 56 dead from Coronavirus and 2,000 infections

Japan to evacuate nationals from Wuhan: 56 dead from Coronavirus and 2,000 infections Kanako Itamae and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times The Foreign Ministry of Japan is preparing to evacuate Japanese nationals from Wuhan. Hence, the Hubei Province is being monitored daily by Japan. Therefore, arrangements are ongoing with the government of China to evacuate…

The Inconsistencies of Russia’s Policy on Libya

The Inconsistencies of Russia’s Policy on Libya Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Pavel Felgenhauer The Jamestown Foundation During the 1970s and 1980s, the Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi was Moscow’s ally in the Cold War against the West, and consequently it acquired many billions of dollars’ worth of Soviet weapons. In more recent years, President…

Christian pastor beheaded by Sunni Islamists in Nigeria

Christian pastor beheaded by Sunni Islamists in Nigeria Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times Sunni Islamists in Nigeria have beheaded another Christian pastor in a long and grim process that appears never-ending. Sunni Islamist forces often butcher Christian followers in Nigeria. Indeed, even moderate Muslims face the wrath of Sunni Islamist Takfiris.…

Photography of flowers in the early modern era of Japan

Photography of flowers in the early modern era of Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929) was born during the final period of the Edo era in Japan. Hence, the modernizing dynamics that followed during the Meiji period that began in 1868 impacted greatly on Kazumasa. This includes learning photography techniques based…

Calls for U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq Continue as al-Amiri Emerges as Leader of PMU

Calls for U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq Continue as al-Amiri Emerges as Leader of PMU Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 18 Issue: 1 By: Rafid Jaboori The Jamestown Foundation The crisis in relations between the United States and Iraq’s Shia-led government has deepened over the last few weeks and especially after the killing of Iran’s top…

Art of Japan and reflecting on a different age

Art of Japan and reflecting on a different age Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781) went against the grain in the eighteenth century because he was greatly influenced by the Muromachi Period. This period, dated 1336 to 1573, but officially coming into existence in 1338, intrigued Shōhaku greatly. Therefore,…

Japan seeks restraint from America and Iran before the planned Self Defense Force mission

Japan seeks restraint from America and Iran before the planned Self Defense Force mission Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan seeks restraint from America and Iran over the ongoing crisis between both nations. This rupture increased after America killed Qassem Soleimani, the Quds…

Lebanon blighted by internal issues but Hezbollah threatens to embroil the nation for Iran 

Lebanon blighted by internal issues but Hezbollah threatens to embroil the nation for Iran  Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Enormous demonstrations have taken place in Lebanon because of mounting economic, political, and social problems. At the same time, political cronyism and the sectarian nature of politics is holding back the hope…

Japanese art and Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815)

Japanese art and Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese woodblock (ukiyo-e) artist Torii Kiyonaga was a very innovative artist who helped to enhance the prestige of the Torii School. Indeed, despite Kiyonaga not belonging to the Torii family, he still rose to the top and adopted this esteemed name. Kiyonaga…

US airstrike takes out Qassem Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq 

US airstrike takes out Qassem Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq  Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times  President Donald Trump permitted to take out General Qassem Soleimani based on the recent escalation in Iraq. Of course, for Trump, and others in his administration opposed to the actions of Iran, then…

Austria Conservative and Green coalition: “To protect the climate and borders” – Visegrad nations 

Austria Conservative and Green coalition: “To protect the climate and borders” – Visegrad nations  Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sebastian Kurz of Austria is an extremely dynamic politician. Thus, his announcement of a coalition with the Green Party will most likely see him returning to be the Chancellor of Austria. Therefore,…

Buddhism and poetry in Japan during the Nara Period

Buddhism and poetry in Japan during the Nara Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Yamabe no Akahito belongs to the world of eighth-century Japan when Nara was the cradle of high culture in this nation. In truth, the jigsaw of his life is extremely difficult to piece together. Hence, his relationship with the…

North Korea leaves the US door open despite possible new nuclear tests: Japan is looking on

North Korea leaves the US door open despite possible new nuclear tests: Japan is looking on Ri Kuk-Chol and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, is letting America know that unless genuine dialogue occurs, then new major military tests may take place. This relates to the possible resumption…