Hokkaido Covid-19 increase alarms people

Hokkaido Covid-19 increase alarms people Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus crisis in Hokkaido, northern Japan, is rearing up again. Yet recent new infections are new all-time highs in this part of Japan. Therefore, the longevity of the situation and new fresh highs – along with the plummeting temperature – is…

Japan will not sign the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty based on geopolitics

Japan will not sign the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty based on geopolitics Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japan is protected by the nuclear umbrella of the United States. Hence with Northeast Asia being a major area of competing militaries that have nuclear weapons, then naturally Japan refuses to join the…

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…

PM Suga of Japan to visit Vietnam and Indonesia: Anti-China hawks need silencing

PM Suga of Japan to visit Vietnam and Indonesia: Anti-China hawks need silencing Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga claims to want to preserve the mantle of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe. Yet, some individuals in his Cabinet appear more hawkish towards China and the Russian Federation. Therefore, if…

2011 tsunami hit Minamisanriku to open a Memorial Park

2011 tsunami hit Minamisanriku to open a Memorial Park Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The tragedy of March 11, 2011, will never be forgotten because of the sheer brutality of the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011 Tohoku Earthquake). Indeed, the convulsions of the potency of the earthquake triggered the tsunami that…

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…

The Japan government to shoulder all Covid-19 vaccination costs

The Japan government to shoulder all Covid-19 vaccination costs Kanako Mita and Chika Mori Modern Tokyo Times The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan had its proposal by the Health Sciences Council approved. This relates to providing free coronavirus vaccinations (Covid-19) to all people who reside in Japan. Therefore, Japanese and foreign residents…

The poetry of bygone times in old Japan

The poetry of bygone times in old Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The highly esteemed poet Kakinomoto no Hitomaro comes from old Japan. He is deemed to be one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals based on his prominence in volumes 1 and 2 of the highly acclaimed Man’yōshū. Therefore, this waka poet who belongs…

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…

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,…

Typhoon Haishen less deadly than feared

Typhoon Haishen less deadly than feared Kanako Mita and Chika Mori Modern Tokyo Times Typhoon Haishen is known to have killed two people and left four individuals missing. At the same time, approximately 100 people were injured by the brutal typhoon. However, this is a lot less than originally feared. During the height of the…

Typhoon Haishen hits Japan: Over 500,000 homes without power

Typhoon Haishen hits Japan: Over 500,000 homes without power Sawako Utsumi and Chika Mori Modern Tokyo Times Typhoon Haishen is passing through Japan and causing havoc throughout the region of Kyushu. The Yamaguchi prefecture is also feeling the forces of the typhoon in the Chugoku region of Honshu. In total, over 500,000 homes have been…

Typhoon Haishen to hit Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki

Typhoon Haishen to hit Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Typhoon Haishen is expected to generate huge waves around the coastal areas of Kyushu in Japan. Thus Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki are bracing for extreme winds, torrential downpours, mudslides, and other negative factors later on Sunday and early Monday.…

Potent weather systems to hit parts of Japan

Potent weather systems to hit parts of Japan Kanako Mita and Chika Mori Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is warning people that two potent weather systems are threatening parts of the country. This applies to Southwest and West Japan. Therefore, local governments have been put on high alert and to monitor the situation.…

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…

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to resign

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to resign Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to announce his resignation later today because of ill health. Speculation had already emerged before his two recent visits to the hospital that he wasn’t well. Therefore, with past health issues leading to…

Aichi ends the Covid-19 State of Emergency

Aichi ends the Covid-19 State of Emergency Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times Hideaki Omura, the Governor of Aichi, lifted the coronavirus (Covid-19) State of Emergency based on the reduction of infections. Hence, the State of Emergency between August 6 and 24 appears to have halted the crisis. The main concern is Nagoya…