Japan Art: Cut down before his artistic prime of life

Japan Art: Cut down before his artistic prime of life Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Suzuki Reitan (1792-1817) died before his art could bloom like a beautiful flower. Equally, belonging to the world of rinpa (rimpa) art, his focus was on learning past art and techniques while being schooled. Reitan died…

Japan News: The Japanese government does little to contain Covid-19 so anti-foreign nuance

Japan News: The Japanese government does little to contain Covid-19 so anti-foreign nuance Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The growing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis in Japan is overwhelmingly internal. Despite this, an increasing anti-foreign nuance is happening among politicians and the media. Hence, it appears that by clamping down on foreign nationals,…

Japan and India support a free and open Indo-Pacific region: China isn’t boosting allies

Japan and India support a free and open Indo-Pacific region: China isn’t boosting allies Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of China isn’t creating further divisions in Northeast Asia or the Asia Pacific region. However, Japan is constantly upping the ante by endless bi-lateral – and multi-lateral – power plays…

Rinpa art and freestyle: Nineteenth-century Japanese artist

Rinpa art and freestyle: Nineteenth-century Japanese artist Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The life of Ikeda Koson (1803-1868) is difficult to put together because many areas remain unknown. Yet, he was blessed to study under the renowned Sakai Hôitsu (1761-1828). Hôitsu firmly belonged to a very different Japan that was steeped by the traditions…

Tokyo News: New fresh Covid-19 daily high reaches 822

Tokyo News: New fresh Covid-19 daily high reaches 822 Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis witnessed a daily high of new infections today in Tokyo. Hence, with 822 new infections, it is clear that further strains on the health care system will occur. However, ordinary people need to know…

High daily Covid-19 deaths continue unabated in Europe

High daily Covid-19 deaths continue unabated in Europe Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The coming festive period in Europe remains tainted by high daily deaths from the coronavirus (Covid-19). Indeed, despite the optimism surrounding new vaccines, it is abundantly clear that deaths will continue to flow for many months – at the…

Tokyo News: Fresh Covid-19 daily infections high in Tokyo

Tokyo News: Fresh Covid-19 daily infections high in Tokyo Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) announced a new daily high of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections. However, under the Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike little is expected to change. Therefore, it looks like many regional governments are in alignment with…

Russians allegedly hack United States agencies: FBI and SVR

Russians allegedly hack United States agencies: FBI and SVR Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The United States government confirmed that major institutions have been hacked by highly efficient hackers. It is believed that a state entity is behind the latest cybersecurity threat. Hence, like the recent hacking of FireEye, suspicions are…

Major cybersecurity firm FireEye likely hacked by Russian SVR: FBI investigates

Major cybersecurity firm FireEye likely hacked by Russian SVR: FBI investigates Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It appears that Cozy Bear (APT29) has hacked into FireEye. Thus the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in America is assisting FireEye with this sophisticated breach. Therefore, the Russian Federation angle of the Foreign Intelligence…

Poetry in the throes of death: 7th century Japan

Poetry in the throes of death: 7th century Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prince Ōtsu (663-686) knew his fate after being condemned to death. Hence, his death poem survives the passages of time, unlike others before him. Ōtsu knew that pain awaited and one can only imagine his inner-feelings. Deeming himself innocent of…

Over 170 dead from Yellow Fever in Nigeria

Over 170 dead from Yellow Fever in Nigeria Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yellow Fever is responsible for over 170 deaths in Nigeria since an outbreak was confirmed last month. The death toll is high because only 530 suspected cases have been reported. Therefore, the fear is that the crisis will…

Art of Japan and the continuing flow of Rinpa

Art of Japan and the continuing flow of Rinpa art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Ishizaki Kōyō (1884-1947) was born into a wealthy family in the prefecture of Toyama. During his lifetime, he witnessed the modernization of the Meiji period, the liberalizing period of Taishō, and the nationalist period of Shōwa.…

Seriously ill Covid-19 cases reach a record high in Japan

Seriously ill Covid-19 cases reach a record high in Japan Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The number of seriously ill coronavirus (Covid-19) cases reached a record high in Japan. Hence, with 472 people deemed critical, it is clear that certain parts of Japan are witnessing a growing problem. Despite this, it…