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…

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…

Japan and its first wave of subsidies to help companies leave China: Covid-19 supply chain

Japan and its first wave of subsidies to help companies leave China: Covid-19 supply chain Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) economic convulsions will continue for a long-time to come. Of course, the size of the crisis depends on each individual nation. However, for Japan, it became apparent that…

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.…

Czechia and the China and Taiwan issue: Miloš Vystrčil promises to visit Taiwan

Czechia and the China and Taiwan issue: Miloš Vystrčil promises to visit Taiwan Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Czechia (Czech Republic) fully understands the legacy of Communist rule. Hence, the diplomatic balance for Czechia between China and Taiwan shouldn’t be defined by economics. Instead, the Chinese Communist Party…

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…

Russian Military Seeking to Counter Growing Chinese Role in Central Asia

Russian Military Seeking to Counter Growing Chinese Role in Central Asia Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Paul Goble The Jamestown Foundation In March 2019, Dmitry Zhelobov, a specialist on China at Russia’s Urals Federal University, warned that Beijing was shifting from relying on soft power in Central Asia to using hard power. If Russia did…

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…

Israel sends humanitarian aid from Wuhan to Europe: Assisting against coronavirus

Israel sends humanitarian aid from Wuhan to Europe: Assisting against coronavirus Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The city of Wuhan in China is infamous for being the epicenter of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that is sweeping across the world. Yet, the international airport serving Wuhan is also highlighting the fact that…

Malaysia round-up of Bengalis over coronavirus: Malaysia to Myanmar and the UK legacy

Malaysia round-up of Bengalis over coronavirus: Malaysia to Myanmar and the UK legacy Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sunni Muslim dominated Malaysia is arresting mainly Muslim migrants during Ramadan. This is ironic because this nation often lambasts Myanmar and espouses Muslim brotherhood. However, this over-simplistic reality never existed based on unique…

Deaths in France, Italy, Spain, and the UK is 75,000 compared to 450 people in the modern Asia Pacific

Deaths in France, Italy, Spain, and the UK is 75,000 compared to 450 people in the modern Asia Pacific Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis emanated in Wuhan and then spread throughout China. In time, China got on top of the first wave of coronavirus. However, what is…

Coronavirus deaths over 30,000 in Europe: Lessons from developed Asia ignored

Coronavirus deaths over 30,000 in Europe: Lessons from developed Asia ignored Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis emanating from Wuhan in China is devastating nations in Europe. This obviously applies to the number of deaths. However, the economic angle, utter over-stretch of countless health care systems, unemployment, collapsing…

Sikhs killed by Islamists in Afghanistan after a brutal terrorist attack against a holy place

Sikhs killed by Islamists in Afghanistan after a brutal terrorist attack against a holy place Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times ISIS (Islamic State – IS) claimed responsibility for a brutal terrorist attack against Sikh worshippers in the capital of Afghanistan. One-minute Sikh worshippers were praying and then suddenly another brutal terrorist…

Potential for al-Qaeda-Islamic State Cooperation in Afghanistan

Potential for al-Qaeda-Islamic State Cooperation in Afghanistan Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Farhan Zahid The Jamestown Foundation Frequent speculation has recently been posited that Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda affiliates could eventually coalesce again, or at the least, begin cooperating at a more notable level than was seen at the height of the conflict in Syria.…

Northeast Asian powers of China, Japan, and South Korea face major economic coronavirus problems

Northeast Asian powers of China, Japan, and South Korea face major economic coronavirus problems Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nations of China, Japan, and South Korea have respective issues related to territorial disputes. Despite this, all three nations are part of an integrated economic chain that accounts collectively for just…

USCIRF’s Biased Advocacy on India’s Citizenship Law Tarnishes Its Image

USCIRF’s Biased Advocacy on India’s Citizenship Law Tarnishes Its Image by Abha Shankar IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism A fact sheet on a contentious amendment to a decades-old Indian citizenship law released last week by the bipartisan and federally-funded U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) regrettably pushes a one-sided narrative. The fact sheet…