Saitama tourism and Buddhism: Delightful Chichibu

Saitama tourism and Buddhism: Delightful Chichibu Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Chichibu is a great place to visit. This concerns refreshing the soul, connecting with nature, walking in the mountains, enjoying outdoor sports, shopping for cultural items, and browsing around this lovely part of Saitama. Also, the landscape, irrespective of whether…

UNHCR calls for support to end Sahel conflicts: Libya, Nigeria, and Islamists 

UNHCR calls for support to end Sahel conflicts: Libya, Nigeria, and Islamists Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Sahel and Lake Chad region faces many ethnic and religious issues. Hence, Islamic terrorism blights countless nations throughout the region. Ethnic tensions and fragile political systems also persist. Therefore, al-Qaeda and…

Japan hits 25,000 Covid-19 daily infections

Japan hits 25,000 Covid-19 daily infections Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The rebound in daily coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in Japan continues unabated since the New Year period. Hence, 25,744 new daily infections were announced today. Reports from South Africa to the United Kingdom indicate that the Omicron coronavirus variant is milder than…

Dutch winter landscapes based on Hendrick Avercamp by Japanese artist 

Dutch winter landscapes based on Hendrick Avercamp by Japanese artist Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi adores Dutch art. This concerns the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries because this period was a Golden Age concerning the number of esteemed Dutch artists with unique styles (all inspired by Dutch and Flemish Renaissance…

Kazakhstan witnesses quick pull out of CSTO forces: Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan 

Kazakhstan witnesses quick pull out of CSTO forces: Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan  Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan was quick to request the support of members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). This was after a planned uprising occurred that witnessed two members of the security forces being…

North Korea weapons program: Japan watching from afar

North Korea weapons program: Japan watching from afar Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Korean Peninsula is witnessing an upsurge in new sophisticated weapons. Hence, North Korea and South Korea – despite tensions not being heightened in recent times – are focused on strengthening their respective military capabilities. However, for Japan,…

Japan maintains tight border controls concerning the Omicron variant

Japan maintains tight border controls concerning the Omicron variant Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan is maintaining tight border controls concerning the Omicron Covid-19 (coronavirus) variant that is highly infectious. Hence, Kishida said Japan would preserve its policy until late February and then review the situation. Since…

Endless massacres by Islamists in Nigeria: Boko, ISIS, Turji loyalists, Fulani, and others 

Endless massacres by Islamists in Nigeria: Boko, ISIS, Turji loyalists, Fulani, and others  Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times At least 200 villagers have been killed in the latest terrorist attack to blight Nigeria. The one connection behind much of the carnage in Nigeria is the Islamist angle. Equally, just…

Kazakhstan in “shoot to kill order” to protect National Security

Kazakhstan in “shoot to kill order” to protect National Security Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan ordered a “shoot to kill order” against violent “bandits and terrorists.” He told internal security forces to “use lethal force without warning.” He poured cold water on international calls for compromise. This is partly…

Tokyu Railways serving the Tokyo area wants to hike prices by 12.9 percent 

Tokyu Railways serving the Tokyo area wants to hike prices by 12.9 percent Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi  Modern Tokyo Times  The economic coronavirus (Covid-19) convulsions are especially hitting railway companies throughout Japan. This notably concerns the worst-hit areas, for example, Osaka and Tokyo. Hence, Tokyu Railways, a major private operator serving the Tokyo region,…

PM Kishida mulls quasi-emergency concerning Covid-19 in 3 prefectures

PM Kishida mulls quasi-emergency concerning Covid-19 in 3 prefectures Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is mulling a quasi-emergency concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19) in three prefectures. Other prefectures are likely to follow if current daily coronavirus infections keep on increasing. The three prefectures of immediate concern are Hiroshima, Okinawa,…

Al-Shabaab Islamists suspected of killing 6 Christians in Kenya

Al-Shabaab Islamists suspected of killing 6 Christians in Kenya Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Al-Shabaab (Al-Shabab) Islamists are suspected of killing six Christians in Kenya. The massacre of Christians happened in the village of Widhu, Lamu County. Pastor Stephen Sila told International Christian Concern, “I counted seven houses that were torched down,…

PM Hamdok resigns in Sudan: Internal crisis is growing 

PM Hamdok resigns in Sudan: Internal crisis is growing Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The political paralysis gripping Sudan is continuing. At the same time, ongoing protests remain against the military and civilian elites who supported the initial coup under the auspices of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Therefore, despite the reinstatement…