Myanmar attracts investment from the Northeast Asian powers of China, Japan, and South Korea

Myanmar attracts investment from the Northeast Asian powers of China, Japan, and South Korea Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The economic powers of Northeast Asia continue to view the future of Myanmar in a positive light. Hence, continuing investments, infrastructural projects, political goodwill, and the collective understanding of the many difficulties…

India bombs Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan: Afghanistan and Iran  

India bombs Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan: Afghanistan and Iran   Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of India responded to the recent brutal terrorist attack that killed many paramilitary police officers in India ruled Jammu and Kashmir. During the same time period, terrorists utilizing Pakistan also killed many Iranian…

India and Iran suffer heavy losses after terrorists utilizing Pakistan claim both attacks

India and Iran suffer heavy losses after terrorists utilizing Pakistan claim both attacks Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  India and Iran have suffered heavy losses after two separate terrorist attacks have killed many security forces. It is known that 27 members of the Revolutionary Guards in Iran were killed after Islamic…

Islamists in the terrorist attack against Christians in Jolo hand themselves in

Islamists in the terrorist attack against Christians in Jolo hand themselves in Boutros Hussein, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times A leading Islamist, allegedly involved in the Jolo terrorist attack against Christians, handed himself into the authorities of the Philippines. It is believed that Kammah Pae feared being killed by security forces…

Myanmar needs international support: Archbishop Maung Bo says protect “Our Mother Irrawaddy”

Myanmar needs international support: Archbishop Maung Bo says protect “Our Mother Irrawaddy”  Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Yangon, Charles Maung Bo, is demanding that the Myitsone Dam is taken off the table in Myanmar. This relates to stopping China from impacting on the River Irrawaddy by…

Turkey’s Islamist Push into South Asia Aided by American Proxies

Turkey’s Islamist Push into South Asia Aided by American Proxies by Abha Shankar IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Turkey’s strong backing of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has been extensively catalogued, but not much has been written about the country’s support for the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Brotherhood’s ideological cousin in South Asia that also has…

Is China’s Skynet detrimental to the entire human race?

Is China’s Skynet detrimental to the entire human race?   Horace C. White  Modern Tokyo Times  China’s Skynet places all of its citizens under surveillance  In an effort to build a perfectly controlled society, China has developed a surveillance system that will monitor everyone living in the country. According to the Chinese authorities, Skynet surveillance system…

Taiwan needs support against threats from China: President Xi is playing into US hands

Taiwan needs support against threats from China: President Xi is playing into US hands Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Xi Jinping of China needs to focus on statecraft because issues related to Xinjiang, Tibet, and territorial disputes all threaten to derail the international outreach of this nation. Hence, with China…

Nikkei index in Japan declines by 5% in one day: The long shadow of America

Nikkei index in Japan declines by 5% in one day: The long shadow of America Noriko Watanabe and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The Nikkei index in Japan fell by 5% based on mainly external factors. Despite this, if the internal fundamentals were sound then irrespective of events in America the fall would have been…

Buddhists found with throats slit in Rakhine in Myanmar: Silent murders ignored

Buddhists found with throats slit in Rakhine in Myanmar: Silent murders ignored  Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In recent days, suspected Muslims in this part of Myanmar appear to have killed more Buddhists in Rakhine. Of course, police investigations are ongoing but the cutting of throats resembles the brutal way that…

Military option enhanced in Japan based on the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

Military option enhanced in Japan based on the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese government under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is focused on the modernization of the armed forces. This is based on the changing geopolitical landscape and having various territorial disputes with several regional nations…

Taiwan’s Emerging Push for “Cyber Autonomy”

Taiwan’s Emerging Push for “Cyber Autonomy” Publication: China Brief By: Philip Hsu The Jamestown Foundation On May 11, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed the Cybersecurity Management Law, Taiwan’s first national cybersecurity law (iThome, May 22). This law, which mandates cybersecurity requirements for Taiwan’s government agencies and operators of critical infrastructures, represents the latest initiative in the…

Multi-ethnic and multi-religious Myanmar is trying to solve many protracted conflicts

Multi-ethnic and multi-religious Myanmar is trying to solve many protracted conflicts Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Myanmar and the armed forces of this nation are trying to restore order, foster greater ties with regional nations and further afield, and maintain the democratic path. However, the international media is…

Quad Restrictions: Addressing PRC Investment Concerns in the Indo-Pacific (Australia, India, Japan, and US)

Quad Restrictions: Addressing PRC Investment Concerns in the Indo-Pacific By: Ashley Feng, Sagatom Saha The Jamestown Foundation Washington has recently taken a tougher tack to growing inbound investment from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) by strengthening the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), but its security partners in the PRC’s backyard…

Remembering the counter-terrorism and security expert Bahukutumbi Raman: India and Pakistan

Remembering the counter-terrorism and security expert Bahukutumbi Raman: India and Pakistan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It was with great sadness in June 2013 that Modern Tokyo Times heard about the death of Bahukutumbi Raman, who was a foremost expert in the field of counter-terrorism, national security, and geopolitics in India. Raman passed away…

China, India, and the Russian Federation understand Myanmar’s struggle against Islamist terrorism

China, India, and the Russian Federation understand Myanmar’s struggle against Islamist terrorism Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China, India, and the Russian Federation continue to express their support for the government of Myanmar. Indeed, given certain animosities between China and India over border issues – and China’s role in Pakistan –…

Myanmar leader says, “Southeast Asia’s final frontier market” but based on “social cohesion”

Myanmar leader says, “Southeast Asia’s final frontier market” but based on “social cohesion”  Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The State Counsellor of Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, touted this nation for being “Southeast Asia’s final frontier market with innumerable investment opportunities.” However, true to the nature of this esteemed leader,…

South Caucasus Eyes Becoming a Hub Along EU–China Transportation Route

South Caucasus Eyes Becoming a Hub Along EU–China Transportation Route Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 158 By: Ayaz Rzayev, Vasif Huseynov The Jamestown Foundation On October 15, the European Union adopted a new strategy on connecting Europe and Asia (Consilium.europa.eu, October 15), which became a major theme at the latest Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)…

Violence Continues as Pakistani Islamists Protest Christian Woman’s “Blasphemy” Acquittal

Violence Continues as Pakistani Islamists Protest Christian Woman’s “Blasphemy” Acquittal IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Thousands of Islamist demonstrators in Pakistan continue to violently protest the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was falsely accused of blasphemy and spent the last eight years on death row. Protesters clashed with police, burned cars…

UK and Commonwealth betrayal in Pakistan: Remembering the Christian lady Asma Yaqoob

UK and Commonwealth betrayal in Pakistan: Remembering the Christian lady Asma Yaqoob Boutros Hussein, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The coming to power of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq in 1978 turned out to be a disaster for all religious minorities in this country, irrespective if a minority Muslim sect or non-Muslims. Of course,…

Language-Motivated Emigration of Russians Causes Shortage of Qualified Workers in Kazakhstan

Language-Motivated Emigration of Russians Causes Shortage of Qualified Workers in Kazakhstan Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Farkhad Sharip The Jamestown Foundation In mid-October, the nationalist-leaning Qazaquni.kz website, run by the Ak Zhol (Democratic Party) of Kazakhstan, published an appeal to Russian-speaking compatriots, calling on them to learn Kazakh. The article stresses that “it is not…