Crypto transactions banned in China

Crypto transactions banned in China Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The trillion-dollar industry of cryptocurrencies and crypto-related transactions is now deemed illegal in China. Naturally, crypto mining is also deemed illegal because of the obvious connection and issues concerning carbon emissions. Therefore, it will be interesting to see the repercussions for Bitcoin,…

Kazakhstan Surges to Third Place in Global Crypto-Currency Production, behind China and US

Kazakhstan Surges to Third Place in Global Crypto-Currency Production, behind China and US Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: John C. K. Daly The Jamestown Foundation While many crypto-currency advocates worldwide promote this sector as the next step in international finance, multiple governments are becoming increasingly leery because of digital currencies’ energy-intensive mining requirements, volatile price…

Daiichi Sankyo to launch important Covid-19 trial: mRNA, Covid-19, and cancer 

Daiichi Sankyo to launch important Covid-19 trial: mRNA, Covid-19, and cancer  Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese pharmaceutical sector is slow off the mark compared with several nations where mRNA coronavirus vaccines and non-mRNA vaccines are already being used. However, the Japanese companies of AnGes, Daiichi Sankyo, KM Biologics, and Shionogi…

Lebanon economic crisis: Medicines are running out

Lebanon economic crisis: Medicines are running out Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Lebanon is in economic and political crisis because of internal and external issues. This nation is multi-ethnic and multi-religious that comprises many different Christian and Muslim sects. Also, the Druze community is strong in certain parts of the country.…

Green Investment Receives a Boost in Kazakhstan

Green Investment Receives a Boost in Kazakhstan Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Margarita Assenova The Jamestown Foundation The COVID-19 pandemic recovery in Central Asia is taking an unexpectedly green turn. Three of the five Central Asian states boast large hydrocarbon resources and, ever since becoming independent from the Soviet Union 30 years ago, have relied…

Tokyo Olympic Committee shamelessly plugs the Olympics on March 11: Earthquake and tsunami

Tokyo Olympic Committee shamelessly plugs the Olympics on March 11: Earthquake and tsunami Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The tenth anniversary of the brutal Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, took place today. However, the President of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, Seiko Hashimoto, shamelessly sought to exploit this tragic…

Japan reliance on foreign Covid-19 vaccines and bottlenecks: China and Russia helping internationally

Japan reliance on foreign Covid-19 vaccines and bottlenecks: China and Russia helping internationally Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China, Japan, and the Russian Federation all belong to the geographic space of Northeast Asia. Indeed, the Russian Federation is a transcontinental nation. However, despite China and the Russian Federation producing coronavirus (Covid-19)…

Russians allegedly hack United States agencies: FBI and SVR

Russians allegedly hack United States agencies: FBI and SVR Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The United States government confirmed that major institutions have been hacked by highly efficient hackers. It is believed that a state entity is behind the latest cybersecurity threat. Hence, like the recent hacking of FireEye, suspicions are…

Major cybersecurity firm FireEye likely hacked by Russian SVR: FBI investigates

Major cybersecurity firm FireEye likely hacked by Russian SVR: FBI investigates Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It appears that Cozy Bear (APT29) has hacked into FireEye. Thus the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in America is assisting FireEye with this sophisticated breach. Therefore, the Russian Federation angle of the Foreign Intelligence…

Nikkei above 26,000 in high not seen since 1991: Japanese worry about Covid-19

Nikkei above 26,000 in high not seen since 1991: Japanese worry about Covid-19 Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese stock market in Tokyo reached 26,000 but the Nikkei isn’t painting the real picture of the economy. Instead, wealthy financial institutions and investors are making a killing out of government stimulus…

Teleworkers face increased hacking in Japan during Covid-19

Teleworkers face increased hacking in Japan during Covid-19 Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times According to Kaspersky Labs, a gradual increase of cyberattacks is happening during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis that involves telework in Japan. Hence, greater security and vigilance are needed by organizations and individuals alike. Major cities in Japan have…

US firm alleges China hacking Japan Covid-19 projects: Skepticism is needed

US firm alleges China hacking Japan Covid-19 projects: Skepticism is needed Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga needs a calm head because these days China is being blamed for countless things. Often, without clear evidence that it is related to state involvement. According to an information security firm…

Fast-tracking of Avigan is on the books in Japan

Fast-tracking of Avigan is on the books in Japan Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The fast-tracking of Avigan (favipiravir) in Japan for Coronavirus (Covid-19) appears to be on the books. This relates to the Japanese government seeking to approve Avigan for treatment in November. Avigan is used for influenza but the speed…

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 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…