Japan border controls tightened on new Covid variant first noted in Botswana

Japan border controls tightened on new Covid variant first noted in Botswana Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is tightening border controls in Japan concerning the new coronavirus variant that is raising enormous anxiety. Hence, tighter border controls have been announced for nations connected with Southern Africa. Therefore, tighter…

China, India, and Russia voice concern about Afghanistan: Humanitarian assistance and drugs

China, India, and Russia voice concern about Afghanistan: Humanitarian assistance and drugs Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times  The nations of China, India, and the Russian Federation belong to the RIC format. Hence, the three members of the RIC (Russia, India, and China) uttered concern and alarm over the situation in Afghanistan.  The…

Japan art and self-portrait while dying: Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650)

Japan art and self-portrait while dying: Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650) was born during the warring period of the sixteenth century. This period eventually culminated in the Edo Period (Tokugawa Period). Edo began in 1603 and was replaced by the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Interestingly,…

China and Russia to increase military drills in Northeast Asia: Japan geopolitics

China and Russia to increase military drills in Northeast Asia: Japan geopolitics Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Russian Federation will take part in military drills with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members for the first time in early December. At the same time, the Russian Federation and China will…

Erdogan Fosters Anti-Western Sentiment in Turkey

Erdogan Fosters Anti-Western Sentiment in Turkey by Hany GhorabaIPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism  The Nov. 1 assault on an American sailor by Turkish nationalists reflects the anti-western sentiment prevailing in Turkey fostered by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During a stop in Istanbul, the sailor was surrounded by a dozen or more members of a pro-Iranian neo-nationalist…

Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria to alter fight against Islamist terrorists: Instability in Africa

Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria to alter fight against Islamist terrorists: Instability in Africa Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times After the reported death of Aboubakar Shekau, the former leader of Boko Haram, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) is altering the terrorist tactics on the ground. Boko Haram is a regional…

Art of Japan and Sanraku: Pre-Edo period to early Edo and anti-Christianity

Art of Japan and Sanraku: Pre-Edo period to early Edo and anti-Christianity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  Kano Sanraku (1559-1635) was a Japanese artist who lived during the pre-Edo era (Tokugawa Period) and the early Edo Period (1603-1868). Hence, bloodshed and issues with power concentration and regional dynamics were second nature for Sanraku. Indeed, he…

Uganda kills Islamist ADF terrorist recruiting cleric after the recent attack

Uganda kills Islamist ADF terrorist recruiting cleric after the recent attack Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) commit terrorist attacks and massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. This terrorist group originates in Uganda. Therefore, after the recent suicide bombings that hit Kampala, the…

Japan and record $490 billion stimulus package: Debt and right target?

Japan and record $490 billion stimulus package: Debt and right target? Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan announced a record $490 billion (55.7 trillion yen) stimulus package. Hence, this economic policy is aimed at assisting the weak economy, helping smaller companies that are struggling with debts, families with children, and…

The Internationalization of the Belarusian Political Crisis Not Working Out in the West’s Favor

The Internationalization of the Belarusian Political Crisis Not Working Out in the West’s Favor Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Grigory Ioffe The Jamestown Foundation The political crisis in Belarus is far from over. Its internationalization along the lines of a geopolitical tug-of-war between Russia and the West began well before the current showdown over Middle…

Pakistan and religious minorities: Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and others feel betrayed

Pakistan and religious minorities: Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and others feel betrayed Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times In Pakistan, a Parliamentary Committee rejected an important bill to protect religious minorities. This concerns non-Muslim women being forced to convert to Islam after being abducted by Muslim males. Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and religious minorities including…

Art of 12th century Japan: Mitsunaga and a glimpse into the ending of the Heian Period

Art of 12th century Japan: Mitsunaga and a glimpse into the ending of the Heian Period Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times  Tokiwa Mitsunaga will always be remembered for his artistic work concerning the Annual Rites and Ceremonies (1173) in twelfth-century Japan. Equally significant, it provides a glimpse into the ending of the Heian Period because…

India faces possible US sanctions over S-400 air defense systems from Russia

India faces possible US sanctions over S-400 air defense systems from Russia Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  India will procure S-400 air defense missiles systems from the Russian Federation and other armaments concerning India’s national security. However, the administration of President Joe Biden of the United States might put sanctions on…

Sudan and new ruling council led by General al-Burhan

Sudan and new ruling council led by General al-Burhan Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of Sudan is ignoring the demands of the international community. Hence, he installed himself as head of the new transitional council. The same new transitional council was appointed by al-Burhan. Therefore, the democratic…

Covid-19 numbers in Japan continue to decline

Covid-19 numbers in Japan continue to decline Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The Japan coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis reached new highs throughout the Tokyo Olympic timeframe. Numbers then began to decline before the ending of the Paralympics. Since then, new daily coronavirus cases have tailed off. Yesterday, Japan announced no daily deaths from…

PM Kishida in anti-China Human Rights post: Japan and anti-Armenian Turkey can’t let go

PM Kishida in anti-China Human Rights post: Japan and anti-Armenian Turkey can’t let go Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Newly elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida seems set to follow the anti-China mantra of his predecessor Yoshihide Suga. This is witnessed by the new human rights post that is specifically…

Iraq assassination attempt against PM al-Kadhimi fails

Iraq assassination attempt against PM al-Kadhimi fails Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Prime Minister of Iraq, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, survived a sophisticated assassination attack. It is known that an armed drone laden with explosives tried to kill him.  Seven security guards protecting al-Kadhimi were injured in this brazen assassination attempt. Immediately,…