Japan art and Sakai Hōitsu: Snow, the Moon, and Cherry Blossoms

Japan art and Sakai Hōitsu: Snow, the Moon, and Cherry Blossoms Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1829) produced countless stunning art pieces. Hence, his reputation remains potent in modern Japan. Therefore, in the delightful triptych by Hōitsu – titled Snow, the Moon, and Cherry Blossoms – the majesty is clear concerning its simplicity and…

The Increasing Danger Facing Women in Turkey

The Increasing Danger Facing Women in Turkey by Abigail R. EsmanIPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism  There was Aylin Sozer in Istanbul, whose former boyfriend slit her throat and then burned her alive. There was 23-year-old Sule Cet, raped by her boss and tossed from the 20th-floor window of a high rise in Ankara. And in Denizli Province,…

Legacy of Obama and the continuing audacity of death: Libya, Syria, and Yemen

Legacy of Obama and the continuing audacity of death: Libya, Syria, and Yemen Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The legacy of former President Barack Obama of America isn’t the title of his book, The Audacity of Hope. Instead, it is the “audacity of death” for Libya, the Sahel region, Syria, and Yemen. This reality…

Japan novelist and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa: Tragic ending

Japan novelist and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa: Tragic ending Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese novelist Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927) was born in the environs of Tokyo. Yet, despite being born during the Meiji period (1868-1912), he belongs to the Taisho Period (1912-1926) of Japanese history.  Shortly after being born, his paternal mother was blighted by a mental illness. Hence, his…

OPEC, Russia, and Quad: Gulf powers and India ignore America, Japan, and the UK

OPEC, Russia, and Quad: Gulf powers and India ignore America, Japan, and the UK Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The OPEC+ group of nations has no intentions of taking a stance against the Russian Federation concerning the conflict in Ukraine. America, Japan, the United Kingdom, and several European Union nations tried…

Japan art and Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)

Japan art and Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) belongs to the Edo and Meiji periods of Japanese history. He fully understood the artistic shifting sands that took place in Japan. However, while Zeshin gained notoriety outside Japan, he was often deemed outside the lacquerer angle with…

Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh nervous of fresh Azerbaijan probes

Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh nervous of fresh Azerbaijan probes Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The remaining Armenian Christian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh are getting nervous concerning fresh military probes by Azerbaijan. Thus with the Russian Federation embroiled in a conflict with Ukraine, the fear is that Azerbaijan and NATO Turkey will make fresh…

Iraq and NATO convulsions: Christians, LGBT, Yazidis, and failed state

Iraq and NATO convulsions: Christians, LGBT, Yazidis, and failed state Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Western media (on the whole) with Japan jumping on the anti-Russia bandwagon, under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida – is providing the simple “heroic” versus “demonic” narrative once more. Hence, Ukraine bombing the Donbas region (Russians and Russian speakers) since 2014 –…

Kishida in Hiroshima (irony) and anti-China and anti-RussiaWest Papua to Yemen

Kishida in Hiroshima (irony) and anti-China and anti-Russia: West Papua to Yemen Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Unbelievably, given the linkage of America with dropping nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida continued with his anti-Russian Federation and anti-China rhetoric in the environs of Hiroshima. Like the last administration…

Cameroon cholera outbreak with over 40 deaths

Cameroon cholera outbreak with over 40 deaths Chika Mori and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Time The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Cameroon reached 44 people earlier this week. Hence, in two weeks, with over 1,700 reported cases in the Southwest area of Cameroon, the deaths are mounting.  The public health chief for the…

Japan art and Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924): Anti-China and modern nationalism 

Japan art and Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924): Anti-China and modern nationalism  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese artist Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) witnessed unimaginable changes throughout his life. He was born during the Edo Period, which began in 1603. However, this period of Japanese history was eclipsed by the modernization processes of the Meiji Era (1868-1912) –…

North Korea weapons program: Japan and its anti-China and anti-Russia stance

North Korea weapons program: Japan and its anti-China and anti-Russia stance Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is increasingly adopting anti-China and anti-Russian Federation policies. Concerning North Korea, little changes because Japan and North Korea haven’t trusted each other since the founding of North Korea in 1948. Therefore, the…

Japan novelist and Takiji Kobayashi (1903-1933): Communist martyr

Japan novelist and Takiji Kobayashi (1903-1933): Communist martyr  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese novelist Takiji Kobayashi (1903-1933) was tortured to death in 1933. His crime was to support the working classes and the downtrodden. Hence, with socialist and communist ideals being part of his inner soul for many years, the Tokkō (Special Higher Police –…

Islamists in Mozambique continue to wreak havoc: SADC and Rwanda

Islamists in Mozambique continue to wreak havoc: SADC and Rwanda Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sunni Islamist terrorists are spreading their insurgency inside northern Mozambique and right up to the border of Tanzania. Initially, the impetus of regional military forces from the Southern African Development Community bloc (SADC) and Rwanda stemmed the tide. However,…

Japan novelist and Futabatei Shimei (1864-1909): Inspired by Russia

Japan novelist and Futabatei Shimei (1864-1909): Inspired by Russia Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese novelist Futabatei Shimei (1864-1909) was shaped by the Meiji Period (1868-1912). This period of Japanese history was revolutionary – from regional wars and nationalism – to opening up to new Western ideas – to a brutal anti-Buddhist period…

Anti-Russia Kishida led to peace treaty talks being terminated by Russia

Anti-Russia Kishida led to peace treaty talks being terminated by Russia Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was elected the leader of Japan last year. However, in less than six months, his anti-Russian Federation rhetoric led to the termination of peace treaty talks. Therefore, his foreign policy agenda is…

Japan novelist and Ichiyō Higuchi (1872-1896): Tragic life

Japan novelist and Ichiyō Higuchi (1872-1896): Tragic life Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese novelist Ichiyō Higuchi (1872-1896) had a life full of tragedy. Tuberculosis would kill her father and brother before she also succumbed to tuberculosis when only 24 years old.  One can only imagine how her writing would have matured and the possible brighter…

China in mourning after tragic plane crash

China in mourning after tragic plane crash Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times A tragic plane crash, carrying 132 people in China, exploded on impact after crashing in a forested area in the province of Guangxi. It is presumed that all 123 passengers and nine staff members perished immediately on impact. However, this…

Japan art and Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908)

Japan art and Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908) was born in Tokyo. His world was the Meiji Period (1868-1912) which altered Japan enormously. This equally applies to internal and external convulsions because Japanese military expansionism began in Northeast Asia. Mizuno began to study printmaking when 13…

Anti-Russia Kishida fails to alter independent India: Japan and nuclear hypocrisy 

Anti-Russia Kishida fails to alter independent India: Japan and nuclear hypocrisy  Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Anti-Russian Federation rhetoric was stated by the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, in India. Hence, showing disrespect for India’s close relationship with the Russian Federation – Japan was reminded, diplomatically, that India’s main…

Japan novelist and Miyamoto Yuriko (1899-1951): Communist, Feminist, and torture

Japan novelist and Miyamoto Yuriko (1899-1951): Communist, Feminist, and torture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese novelist and short-story writer Miyamoto Yuriko (1899-1951) could have easily melted into the conformist background of the times. Yet Miyamoto, despite her privileged background, decided to be true to her own political and social beliefs throughout her…

Russia notes one main concern in Northeast Asia: Japan under PM Kishida 

Russia notes one main concern in Northeast Asia: Japan under PM Kishida  Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation notes one main concern in Northeast Asia related to Japan. Yes, America will try to pull the strings of South Korea – related to America having military bases throughout Japan and…