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…

Belarus crackdown prompts Hackers to release info of security forces

Belarus crackdown prompts Hackers to release info of security forces Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Lukashenko of Belarus is using the state apparatus against opposition forces. This applies to mass arrests and other methods of coercion. At the same time, the Russian Federation is increasing its support of Lukashenko. However,…

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…

Mozambique and useful humanitarians in the shadow of Islamists

Mozambique and useful humanitarians in the shadow of Islamists Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sunni Islamists are involved in various conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and in other parts of the world including the Caucasus. Similarly, religious terrorist attacks in Europe belong to the same Takfiri mindset. However,…

Japan reaches 80,000 centenarians but Covid-19 deaths are low unlike in Europe

Japan reaches 80,000 centenarians but Covid-19 deaths are low unlike in Europe Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In parts of Europe, many elderly people died in care homes, nursing homes, and throughout society from the coronavirus (Covid-19). This notably applies to Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. However, Japan,…

Iran hangs Navid Afkari who denied any wrongdoing

Iran hangs Navid Afkari who denied any wrongdoing Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Iran ignored international appeals and instead hanged a young wrestler on flimsy charges. Navid Afkari, 27 years old, pleaded his innocence after being forced to confess earlier under torture. Of course, for Iran, irrespective if…

Over 900,000 Covid-19 deaths and little sign of decreasing

Over 900,000 Covid-19 deaths and little sign of decreasing Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The international coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis is continuing unabated in terms of deaths and infections per day. Hence, over 900,000 deaths from coronavirus internationally. Therefore, the international situation remains bleak. Indeed, in parts of Europe, infections are increasing once…

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…

Ebola deaths and infections are increasing in the DRC

Ebola deaths and infections are increasing in the DRC Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The eleventh outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is spreading throughout the Equateur province. This outbreak emerged with the ending of the tenth outbreak in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. Sadly,…

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…

Belarus protests continue against embattled President Lukashenko

Belarus protests continue against embattled President Lukashenko Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Lukashenko of Belarus is coming under intense pressure to resign because of major protests and civil disobedience. The geopolitical angle of Belarus is also witnessing a less confrontational approach despite America and the European Union (EU) condemning the…

Malnutrition is stalking the Democratic Republic of Congo

Malnutrition is stalking the Democratic Republic of Congo Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is blighted by millions of internal refugees and many severe health issues. This applies to the bubonic plague, Covid-19, Ebola, HIV, Malaria, Measles epidemic, and other ills. Therefore, with ethnic and religious…

Belarus protests continue against Lukashenko: Geopolitical tightrope

Belarus protests continue against Lukashenko: Geopolitical tightrope Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Protests are continuing in Belarus against President Lukashenko after the recent national election that activists claim is tainted. At the same time, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya immediately left the country fearing the power of the state apparatus. Therefore, the geopolitical tightrope…