Japan welcomes in 2022 with grimmer demographic news

Japan welcomes in 2022 with grimmer demographic news Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times  Japan will welcome 2022 with grimmer demographic news regarding the next generation. This concerns the lowest number of adults aged 20 since the government began to take records in 1968. According to the Internal Affairs Ministry, the number of…

Buddhism and the Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige: Bodhisattva Kannon

Buddhism and the Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige: Bodhisattva Kannon Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The inscription of the Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige dates the scroll to 1257. Thus the start of the brief Shoka era. Also, in this period of Japanese history, the famous Buddhist monk Nichiren (1222-1282) spread new ideas and reinvigorated Buddhism…

China and Japan Defense Ministers hold frank talks on Tokyo’s request

China and Japan Defense Ministers hold frank talks on Tokyo’s request Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi  Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi held frank talks with the Minister of National Defense from China. Wei Fenghe, the Minister of National Defense, is a general in the People’s Liberation Army.  Kishi hails from a…

Sudan tensions erupt again after protests in Khartoum

Sudan tensions erupt again after protests in Khartoum Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of Sudan reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok last month. This happened after mounting internal and international pressure. However, with the military still having power mechanisms to alter the path to democracy, many in…

Japan poetry and a life blighted by ill-health: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)

Japan poetry and a life blighted by ill-health: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The final years of the life of Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) were filled with pain and long-lasting suffering. Ultimately, his life was cut short from the ravages of tuberculosis and other ailments that stemmed from this.  Shiki understood the frailty…

Islamists kill many in Burkina Faso and Niger

Islamists kill many in Burkina Faso and Niger Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Islamic terrorists have killed many once more in Burkina Faso and Niger. Recently, Burkina Faso and Niger launched military operations against Islamist forces. Apparently, during these military operations, they killed approximately 100 terrorists.  However, Sunni Islamic terrorists affiliated…

Russia condemns NATO and US: You expanded NATO to the east – Japan and South Korea

Russia condemns NATO and US: You expanded NATO to the east – Japan and South Korea Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin is increasingly agitated by the United States and nations that are blindly following Washington – from Japan to the United Kingdom. China also is increasingly…

Japan fears rapid increase in Omicron Covid-19 variant

Japan fears rapid increase in Omicron Covid-19 variant Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is worried about the growing presence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. This concerns the gradual increase in detected cases. Therefore, with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in nations including South Africa and the…

Bataclan Trial Highlights France’s Ongoing Security Challenges 

Bataclan Trial Highlights France’s Ongoing Security Challenges  by Hany GhorabaIPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism French police last foiled an ISIS plot last week for a knife rampage during Christmas celebrations, showing the country remains under constant threat from terrorists. The two men arrested had ISIS propaganda in their Paris homes. The arrests came as the country…

Japan art and culture: Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615), Buddhism, and China 

Japan art and culture: Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615), Buddhism, and China  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615) lived and breathed Buddhism, high culture, the arts, and the richness of Chinese culture. Yūshō was a lay Buddhist priest who fused the arts, ethics, faith, philosophy, and other aspects of Japanese high…

Belarus opposition gets long prison sentences: Draconian leadership of Lukashenko

Belarus opposition gets long prison sentences: Draconian leadership of Lukashenko Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Belarus remains firmly under the grip of the draconian leadership of Alexander Lukashenko (Alyaksandr Lukashenka). Hence, the announcement of heavy prison sentences against leading opposition forces was expected. America, the Russian Federation, and the European Union…

Japan wants to improve evacuation missions after the Afghanistan debacle: US failure 

Japan wants to improve evacuation missions after the Afghanistan debacle: US failure Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) only managed to evacuate one Japanese national after the Taliban quickly overrun the American-backed government of Afghanistan. Not only was Japan caught off guard by events, but the same…

Burkina Faso and Niger kill roughly 100 Islamist terrorists

Burkina Faso and Niger kill roughly 100 Islamist terrorists Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In two weeks of military operations between Burkina Faso and Niger, it is reported that they have killed roughly 100 Islamist terrorists. Hence, the recent joint initiative will increase anti-terrorist operations between both nations. Sunni Islamist terrorists…