Trillions of dollars laundered by financial institutions: Drug cartels to terrorism

Trillions of dollars laundered by financial institutions: Drug cartels to terrorism Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Allegations are emerging over enormous money laundering scandals covering the period 1999-2017. More than likely, this is only the tip of a much bigger iceberg. However, once more, the image of banks and multinational financial…

Japan and diplomacy with China: Australia, India, Japan, and America to meet

Japan and diplomacy with China: Australia, India, Japan, and America to meet Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Miniter Yoshihide Suga is the new leader of Japan. Thus, the meeting between senior officials from America, Australia, India, and Japan in Tokyo early next month will be analyzed carefully. It is known…

Foreign policy of Japan in the post-Abe period: America, China, Mekong, and Russia

The foreign policy of Japan in the post-Abe period: America, China, Mekong, and Russia Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The geopolitical challenges for Japan throughout Northeast Asia and the Asia Pacific are enormous. Thus with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigning then a challenging period will ensue. After all, unlike many other…

Belarus standoff continues while Moscow and Washington appear restrained

Belarus standoff continues while Moscow and Washington appear restrained Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Lukashenko of Belarus is using the state apparatus in the hope of quelling opposition forces and that protests will decline. Of course, this might be wishful thinking on his part. Internationally, unlike Ukraine, it appears that…

Japan and South Korea and the GSOMIA merry-go-round: Japan should focus on China and Russia

Japan and South Korea and the GSOMIA merry-go-round: Japan should focus on China and Russia Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Korean Peninsula is divided between North Korea and South Korea because both Korea’s don’t trust each other. Thus with South Korea repeatedly turning against Japan when relations between both Korea’s…

800,000 Covid-19 deaths with little let-up in America, Brazil, India, and Mexico

800,000 Covid-19 deaths with little let-up in America, Brazil, India, and Mexico Kanako Mita and Chika Mori Modern Tokyo Times The international coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis is now responsible for 800,000 known deaths. In the four nations of the highest number of deaths, the numbers keep flowing. Therefore, unlike the hardest-hit nations in Europe, the countries…

Japan to mark the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima while protected by US nuclear umbrella

Japan to mark the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima while protected by US nuclear umbrella Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan will mark the 75-year anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. Like usual, an extremely solemn reminder of the brutality of war. However, many words relating to joining…

Afghanistan admits to 3,500 military deaths in 2020: Reverberations of Obama

Afghanistan admits to 3,500 military deaths in 2020: Reverberations of Obama Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Afghanistan acknowledged that over 3,500 security forces have been killed since February peace talks. These talks resulted in a frayed peace agreement between America and the Taliban. However, on the ground, the…

340,000 deaths in the Americas: Central America, North America, and South America

340,000 deaths in the Americas: Central America, North America, and South America Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) death toll throughout the Americas is over 340,000. Hence, with most nations still in the spiral of death, one can only imagine the final death toll during the first wave. After…

America, Australia, and Japan in Naval Exercises in Asia Pacific waters

America, Australia, and Japan in Naval Exercises in Asia Pacific waters Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nations of Australia, Japan, and the United States are currently holding trilateral naval exercises in the waters of the Asia Pacific. Thus democratic nations are showing commitment toward the freedom of sea-lanes throughout the…

International Covid-19 deaths reach 600,000: America, Brazil, India, Mexico, and the UK

International Covid-19 deaths reach 600,000: America, Brazil, India, Mexico, and the UK Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The international death toll from coronavirus (Covid-19) will surpass 600,000 in the next twenty-four hours. Hence, the global economy and a return to normal remains distant even if some nations are in recovery mode.…

Okinawa already burdened by U.S. military bases now fears Covid-19 crisis 

Okinawa already burdened by U.S. military bases now fears Covid-19 crisis  Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It is known that approximately 100 infections of coronavirus (Covid-19) have hit several military bases of the United States (U.S.) in Okinawa. This will increase internal discontent in Okinawa because this part of Japan is…

Anti-US media bias: Discrimination in China, Cuba, Indonesia, Nigeria, Saudi, and Turkey

Anti-US media bias: Discrimination in China, Cuba, Indonesia, Nigeria, Saudi, and Turkey Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The media in America, parts of Europe, and other areas of the world are highlighting discrimination and Black Lives Matter (BLM) to an extreme. Yet, unlike America that welcomed people from every continent in…

Japan is pragmatic about Hong Kong: China versus Australia, Canada, US, and the UK

Japan is pragmatic about Hong Kong: China versus Australia, Canada, US, and the UK Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nations of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom have rebuked China over Beijing’s proposed security law in Hong Kong. Thus some voices have been raised by the pragmatic approach of…

The covid-19 crisis in America and Brazil is beset by political and social discord

The covid-19 crisis in America and Brazil is beset by political and social discord Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis is witnessing the divisions that exist in America and Brazil. Hence, while the United Kingdom is dealing with the coronavirus crisis abysmally, political and social cohesion remains despite…

US intention in Syria is a quagmire for Russia: Cyprus, Turkey, and Islamists

US intention in Syria is a quagmire for Russia: Cyprus, Turkey, and Islamists Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The endless conflict in Syria is at a dreaded stalemate where America and Turkey seek an endless quagmire for Syria and the Russian Federation. For America, even if Sunni Islamists have cleansed Alawites,…

U.S. Embassy in Tokyo warns Americans about coronavirus and hints at suspicions 

U.S. Embassy in Tokyo warns Americans about coronavirus and hints at suspicions  Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japan appears to be entering a new phase of increasing daily coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. Naturally, people in Japan are worried about this. Hence the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is also monitoring events carefully. Therefore,…

President Trump utters that the Tokyo Olympic Games would be better to be canceled

President Trump utters that the Tokyo Olympic Games would be better to be canceled Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America pointedly suggested that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be canceled for one year. The leader of America is suggesting this based on the continuing international coronavirus (Covid-19)…

The United Kingdom and the Huawei 5G fine balance between America and China

The United Kingdom and the Huawei 5G fine balance between America and China Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom (UK) sought to placate America and China. Of course, it appears that America will be slightly aggrieved and disappointed while China is more upbeat. Either…

Calls for U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq Continue as al-Amiri Emerges as Leader of PMU

Calls for U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq Continue as al-Amiri Emerges as Leader of PMU Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 18 Issue: 1 By: Rafid Jaboori The Jamestown Foundation The crisis in relations between the United States and Iraq’s Shia-led government has deepened over the last few weeks and especially after the killing of Iran’s top…

Japan seeks restraint from America and Iran before the planned Self Defense Force mission

Japan seeks restraint from America and Iran before the planned Self Defense Force mission Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan seeks restraint from America and Iran over the ongoing crisis between both nations. This rupture increased after America killed Qassem Soleimani, the Quds…

Lebanon blighted by internal issues but Hezbollah threatens to embroil the nation for Iran 

Lebanon blighted by internal issues but Hezbollah threatens to embroil the nation for Iran  Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Enormous demonstrations have taken place in Lebanon because of mounting economic, political, and social problems. At the same time, political cronyism and the sectarian nature of politics is holding back the hope…

US airstrike takes out Qassem Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq 

US airstrike takes out Qassem Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq  Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times  President Donald Trump permitted to take out General Qassem Soleimani based on the recent escalation in Iraq. Of course, for Trump, and others in his administration opposed to the actions of Iran, then…