Myanmar and the Yazidi shadow in Rakhine: Buddhists, Mro, Bengali Hindus, and others fled ARSA Islamists

Myanmar and the Yazidi shadow in Rakhine: Buddhists, Mro, Bengali Hindus, and others fled ARSA Islamists Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In Iraq and Syria it soon became apparent that Sunni Islamist forces, be it al-Qaeda, ISIS, or a plethora of other Takfiri Islamist groups, hated all and sundry. Hence, it…

Yemen: Clashes Between Islamic State and AQAP Emblematic of Broader Competition

Clashes Between Islamic State and AQAP Emblematic of Broader Competition   Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 18 By: Brian M. Perkins The Jamestown Foundation The Islamic State’s (IS) global network is far from defeated, but the core group’s loss of significant territory in Iraq and Syria is emblematic of a longer trend and stands…

Myanmar is bullied by Western and Islamic states that seek to gloss over Yemen and other ill deeds

Myanmar is bullied by Western and Islamic states that seek to gloss over Yemen and other ill deeds Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Western and Islamic nations that have destabilized countless nations collectively now seek to gloss over collective ill deeds by picking on Myanmar endlessly. In other words, the more…

Moscow Prepares Vostok 2018 as Sino-Russian Strategic Exercise

Moscow Prepares Vostok 2018 as Sino-Russian Strategic Exercise Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation The culmination of the combat training year in Russia’s Armed Forces results in an annual operational-strategic military exercise involving air, land and sea elements to test forces in one of four theaters: these are the rotating Kavkaz…

OIC and Western powers are inciting against Myanmar in order to distract their evil crimes against Yemen

OIC and Western powers are inciting against Myanmar in order to distract their evil crimes against Yemen Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Western powers are seeking to cover-up countless mass hypocrisies by seeking to spread propaganda against Myanmar. Thereby both forces seek to cover-up…

Japan needs to listen to the people of Okinawa: U.S. base and Central Government threat

Japan needs to listen to the people of Okinawa: U.S. base and Central Government threat Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The majority of the United States military bases in Japan are located in Okinawa, rather than mainland Japan. This enormous discrepancy when related to land size and population factors is viewed…

Russia Makes Further Gains in Syria After Helsinki

Russia Makes Further Gains in Syria After Helsinki Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Pavel Felgenhauer The Jamestown Foundation In the past several days, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the first deputy defense minister and chief of the General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, went on an unprecedented joint trip to Israel, Germany and France to…

Myanmar is deemed guilty for protecting various ethnic and religious groups in Rakhine

Myanmar is deemed guilty for protecting various ethnic and religious groups in Rakhine Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Internationally, you have ongoing bloodshed and persecution in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Mexico (narcotics), Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and in other parts of the world. However,…

Islamic State Emboldened in Afghanistan

Islamic State Emboldened in Afghanistan Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Farhan Zahid The Jamestown Foundation From its establishment in September 2014, Islamic State’s arm in Afghanistan, its Khorasan province entity (IS-K), found itself the target of attacks by Afghan Taliban forces and strikes by the U.S. military in conjunction with the Afghan security forces. The group…

France in slippery slope in Yemen: Macron is mulling a minesweeping operation in Hodeidah

France in slippery slope in Yemen: Macron is mulling a minesweeping operation in Hodeidah Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The United Nations (UN) is voicing concern about the Saudi-led alliance attack against the port city of Hodeidah (Hudaydah) in Yemen. Despite the squeaky clean image that President Emmanuel Macron of France…

Japan fears repercussions of US halting military exercises with South Korea: Glee in Russia

Japan fears repercussions of US halting military exercises with South Korea: Glee in Russia Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is in a flux after President Donald Trump of America announced curtailing military exercises with South Korea. Trump uttered this after the meeting with the leader of North…

The US and North Korea in possible détente but the road ahead remains rocky: Japan sidelined

The US and North Korea in possible détente but the road ahead remains rocky: Japan sidelined   Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America was vindicated by his optimism prior to meeting the leader of North Korea. At first, Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, looked anxious…

Japan and China take small steps to prevent air and sea clashes in territorial areas of overlap

Japan and China take small steps to prevent air and sea clashes in territorial areas of overlap Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is extremely concerned by the intentions of China in areas of dispute with China. Alternatively, China, just like in the South China Sea,…

The US condemns China for intimidating neighbors in the South China Sea

The US condemns China for intimidating neighbors in the South China Sea Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The United States Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, notified China that America is becoming increasingly disillusioned by China’s militarization and overt intimidation of neighboring nations in the South China Sea. Mattis stipulated openly that America…

Japan bows to G-7 instead of focusing on strengthening ties with the Russian Federation

Japan bows to G-7 instead of focusing on strengthening ties with the Russian Federation Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan should not meekly follow G-7 pressure emanating notably from America and the United Kingdom. Hence, it is disheartening that Japan appears to be capitulating to pressure…

America, France, and the United Kingdom target Syria based on the terrorist narrative

America, France, and the United Kingdom target Syria based on the terrorist narrative Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Syrian armed forces and the military government infrastructure is now being bombed and targeted by the armed forces of America, France, and the United Kingdom. Of course, it makes no sense for…

Japan and military revamp to meet a changing geopolitical landscape: US estrangement

Japan and military revamp to meet a changing geopolitical landscape: US estrangement Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is intent on developing the armed forces of this nation, in order to face a changing geopolitical and military landscape. Hence, a new military base…

Myanmar and unity: Military Chief focuses on federalism and multi-party democracy

Myanmar and unity: Military Chief focuses on federalism and multi-party democracy Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Myanmar is on the path of consolidating multi-party democracy and is focused on reaching out to fellow Asia Pacific nations and further afield. In recent times, military talks and developments with China,…

North Korea pays homage to China before meetings with America and South Korea: Denuclearization?

North Korea pays homage to China before meetings with America and South Korea: Denuclearization? Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, visited President Xi Jinping in China. Hence, it is clear that the old Middle Kingdom remains of utmost importance to North Korea despite some media…

Myanmar reaches out militarily during ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces meeting held in Singapore

Myanmar reaches out militarily during ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces meeting held in Singapore Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Myanmar is focused firmly on reaching out internationally in the realm of economic investments, development projects, and forging closer military ties with regional nations – and further afield in…

The U.S. is abandoning the Kurds in Afrin while seeking to defend Islamist terrorists in Eastern Ghouta

The U.S. is abandoning the Kurds in Afrin while seeking to defend Islamist terrorists in Eastern Ghouta Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times NATO Turkey is using Islamist Takfiris and mercenaries to massacre the Kurds and others in the environs of Afrin in Northern Syria. Yet, while America is abandoning the Kurds…