Japan and Mekong nations of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam to strengthen ties

Japan and Mekong nations of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam to strengthen ties Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker                   Modern Tokyo Times Japan and five nations connected to the Mekong Delta have agreed to strengthen ties throughout this important geopolitical region. Once more, for Myanmar, it highlights that this nation isn’t isolated throughout Asia…

PM Shinzo Abe of Japan says that the United Kingdom would be welcome to join the TPP

PM Shinzo Abe of Japan says that the United Kingdom would be welcome to join the TPP Noriko Watanabe and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan notified the United Kingdom that this nation would be welcomed to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after leaving the European Union (EU). This will…

Japan to welcome State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and discuss bilateral issues

Japan to welcome State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and discuss bilateral issues Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan invited State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar to discuss important issues between both nations. At the same time, the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit will…

Trump highlights the threat of tariffs that forced a U-turn by Japan unlike the weakness of Obama

Trump highlights the threat of tariffs that forced a U-turn by Japan unlike the weakness of Obama Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America is highlighting his “tariff diplomacy” by forcing recent concessions from Canada and Japan respectively. Of course, Trump understands the need to “give and take,”…

Bilateral talks on tariffs between America and Japan agreed by Trump and Abe

Bilateral talks on tariffs between America and Japan agreed by Trump and Abe Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan agreed to enter bilateral talks with America based on economic pressure from President Donald Trump. The tradeoff, so to speak, is that proposed high tariffs on auto…

US and Japan trade talks set back after fresh tariffs imposed on China: Beijing today, Tokyo tomorrow?

US and Japan trade talks set back after fresh tariffs imposed on China: Beijing today, Tokyo tomorrow? Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Important trade talks between America and Japan have been delayed a few days after fresh tariffs imposed on China. Hence, scheduled talks planned for September 21, will now be…

Xi’s Grip Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis

Xi’s Grip Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis By: Willy Wo-Lap Lam The Jamestown Foundation A spate of unusual reports in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese-language media lend credence to the idea that, while Xi Jinping remains China’s undisputed paramount, his authority seems somewhat diminished. A moratorium of sorts appears to have been called on…

US Tariffs and political pressure is tipping the Turkish lira over the edge in Turkey

US Tariffs and political pressure is tipping the Turkish lira over the edge in Turkey Nuray Lydia Oglu, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is known for intrigues against regional nations, including Iraq, Israel, and Syria, while also imprisoning all and sundry after a failed coup…

Japan and EU trade deal is a sign that both entities oppose protectionism and Trump’s America First

Japan and EU trade deal is a sign that both entities oppose protectionism and Trump’s America First Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The signed economic agreement between Japan and the European Union (EU) will account for roughly 37 percent of all international trade in terms of value. Equally important for Japan,…

UK, Japan Companies Help China to Counter US’s Tech Leverage

UK, Japan Companies Help China to Counter US’s Tech Leverage By: Matt Schrader The Jamestown Foundation With the help of major tech companies from the UK and Japan, China may be poised to take an important step towards isolating its microchip supply chain from US pressure, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accelerates an indigenous…

China and Japan at “unmentioned swipe” at Trump in America: Russian Federation

China and Japan at “unmentioned swipe” at Trump in America: Russian Federation Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Aspects of the President Donald Trump administration in America seriously worry elements of the Japanese bureaucracy. Indeed, it is difficult to say the “Trump administration,” since the current leader of America sacks people by…

More Japanese companies to invest in Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone

More Japanese companies to invest in Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Increasing numbers of Japanese companies are investing in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Myanmar. Of course, this SEZ is especially important for Japan because it highlights the importance of Myanmar to political elites…

China ups the ante by stating America is bedeviled by an “anxiety disorder” under Trump

China ups the ante by stating America is bedeviled by an “anxiety disorder” under Trump Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America declared that tariffs would impact on several nations, in relation to certain sectors. Yet, the ire of Trump’s tariff initiative is China based on his declared…

Japan warns about tit-for-tat trade tariffs between America and China

Japan warns about tit-for-tat trade tariffs between America and China Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times Japan is focused on a “quietist approach” to tariffs being put on many nations by America. This is despite Japan being far from impressed by certain comments made by President Donald Trump of America towards the…

President Xi Jinping of China to promote bilateral developments with Myanmar

President Xi Jinping of China to promote bilateral developments with Myanmar Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   President Xi Jinping of China seeks to promote bilateral developments to a higher level with Myanmar. The leader of China ushered favorable comments towards Myanmar after congratulating the new President of Myanmar, U Win…

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia backed by OPEC are planning a long-term oil

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia backed by OPEC are planning a long-term oil deal Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia hope to finalize a deal, with the blessing of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), which will benefit all concerned for the next decade or possibly…

Japan fails to get United States tariff exemptions on steel and aluminum: Nikkei falls

Japan fails to get United States tariff exemptions on steel and aluminum: Nikkei falls  Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan will quietly feel let down by President Donald Trump of America, in relation to failing to be exempted from tariffs imposed by America. Especially given the…

Myanmar and Japan to hold the third Joint Economic Conference: Participation of Keidanren

Myanmar and Japan to hold the third Joint Economic Conference: Participation of Keidanren Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is intent on working closely with Myanmar in order to build-up greater economic links between both nations. Hence, the third economic business initiative will be held under the Myanmar-Japan…

Japan seeks a mild approach to President Trump and the threat of aluminum and steel tariffs

Japan seeks a mild approach to President Trump and the threat of aluminum and steel tariffs Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of President Shinzo Abe of Japan seeks a mild approach towards the threat of aluminum and steel tariffs by America. This is based on important geopolitical concerns and…

China, Israel, and non-interference: Heavy investments and high technology

China, Israel, and non-interference: Heavy investments and high technology Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is increasingly focused on major Asian powers. Of major significance are China and India but other regional powers like Australia are equally being targeted along with Japan. Yet, the flow of…

France to support Tunisia in order to help the democratic transition: North Africa and Macron

France to support Tunisia in order to help the democratic transition: North Africa and Macron Salma Zribi, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Emmanuel Macron of France is hoping to shore up the democratic transition in Tunisia. Indeed, Macron understands the need for stability in North Africa based on multiple negative…

Myanmar Tourism highlights utter Western media bias compared with Regional Fairness: Isolation?

Myanmar Tourism highlights utter Western media bias compared with Regional Fairness: Isolation? Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Myanmar is intent on developing the economic infrastructure of this nation along with entrenching democracy. Yet, the media bias of Western nations is visible by the changing dynamics of the tourist…

Japan hopes to boost ties with Myanmar

Japan hopes to boost ties with Myanmar Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Myanmar is multi-ethnic and multi-religious, with Buddhism being the dominant faith. In Japan, despite secularism being a reality, the faiths of Buddhism and Shintoism are interwoven into the fabric of society. Therefore, culturally, a certain natural…