JP Morgan moves forward with bold cryptocurrency initiative 

JP Morgan moves forward with bold cryptocurrency initiative  Horace C. White  Modern Tokyo Times The cryptocurrency industry gets a boost as JP Morgan joins the fray Last Thursday, US banking giant JP Morgan Chase announced that it would launch its cryptocurrency, JPM Coin. By this announcement, the investment and financial institution will become the first…

Colombia needs help with migrants fleeing poverty from Venezuela: Trump condemns Maduro

Colombia needs help with migrants fleeing poverty from Venezuela: Trump condemns Maduro Chika Mori and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times Colombia faces many internal problems related to the recent history of this nation and the brutal civil war. On top of this, social deprivation and issues related to crime and narcotics concern many in Colombia.…

Will Russia disconnecting from the Internet up the stakes in cyber defense?

Will Russia disconnecting from the Internet up the stakes in cyber defense?  Horace C. White  Modern Tokyo Times U.S.-Russia relations may worsen as Russia initiates moves to disconnect from the Internet  Just when everyone thought that the Cold War between the United States and Russia had ended, Russian officials are taking major steps that suggest it…

Google slammed for GDPR violation by the European Union

Google slammed for GDPR violation by the European UnionHorace C. White Modern Tokyo Times Google becomes the first victim of GDPR On Friday, May 25, 2018, customers of tech-based companies received loads of email, notifying them that their service providers would be updating their Privacy Policy. Indeed, these companies were reacting to the deadline issued…

Turkey’s Islamist Push into South Asia Aided by American Proxies

Turkey’s Islamist Push into South Asia Aided by American Proxies by Abha Shankar IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Turkey’s strong backing of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has been extensively catalogued, but not much has been written about the country’s support for the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Brotherhood’s ideological cousin in South Asia that also has…

A Renewed Nuclear Arms Race Between Russia and US Begins to Gather Pace

A Renewed Nuclear Arms Race Between Russia and US Begins to Gather Pace Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Pavel Felgenhauer The Jamestown Foundation A last-ditch attempt by Russia and the United States to salvage the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty at a consultation meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 15, ended in mutual acrimony.…

Taiwan needs support against threats from China: President Xi is playing into US hands

Taiwan needs support against threats from China: President Xi is playing into US hands Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Xi Jinping of China needs to focus on statecraft because issues related to Xinjiang, Tibet, and territorial disputes all threaten to derail the international outreach of this nation. Hence, with China…

Nikkei index in Japan declines by 5% in one day: The long shadow of America

Nikkei index in Japan declines by 5% in one day: The long shadow of America Noriko Watanabe and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The Nikkei index in Japan fell by 5% based on mainly external factors. Despite this, if the internal fundamentals were sound then irrespective of events in America the fall would have been…

Lack of diversity at U.S. tech companies stifles innovation

Lack of diversity at U.S. tech companies stifles innovation Horace C. White  Modern Tokyo Times  The US tech industry stifles innovation To lots of millennials out there, the Internet was the best thing that ever happened to their generation. In truth, this makes perfect sense given the degree of transformation the interconnected computer network (otherwise…

Ripple may change the calculus in Huawei fiasco caught in the US-China trade crossfire

Ripple may change the calculus in Huawei fiasco caught in the US-China trade crossfire Horace C. White Modern Tokyo Times Huawei caught in the US-China trade crossfire The trade dispute between the United States and China is far from over as Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies has become its latest prey. Indeed, the trade…

United States tech companies failing to heave Trump’s stance on China

United States tech companies failing to heave Trump’s stance on China Horace C. White Modern Tokyo Times When U.S. President Donald Trump came into office, he left no one in doubt regarding his stance on China. Through actions, tweets, and utterances, President Trump sent out strong-worded messages that China has become U.S. arch rival. While the Chinese government appears perturbed by this development, it is apparent that its primary focus is helping Chinese firms build their global brands with Africa a strategic partner.…

Quad Restrictions: Addressing PRC Investment Concerns in the Indo-Pacific (Australia, India, Japan, and US)

Quad Restrictions: Addressing PRC Investment Concerns in the Indo-Pacific By: Ashley Feng, Sagatom Saha The Jamestown Foundation Washington has recently taken a tougher tack to growing inbound investment from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) by strengthening the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), but its security partners in the PRC’s backyard…

Japan hopes America will not pull out of INF treaty with the Russian Federation

Japan hopes America will not pull out of INF treaty with the Russian Federation  Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japan is extremely concerned about indications that America may pull out of the INF Treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty) with the Russian Federation. Of course, for Japan, this would be a dramatic…

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…

NSC Meets Lobbyist Who Backed Syrian Jihadists

NSC Meets Lobbyist Who Backed Syrian Jihadists by John Rossomando IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism A Syrian-American lobbyist who pushed the Obama administration to support Syrian jihadists met with National Security Council (NSC) staffers Thursday afternoon. Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of the Syrian Emergency Taskforce (SETF), noted the meeting on his Facebook page. A…

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…

Ex-Spy Slams Brennan’s ‘Freedom of Speech’ Hypocrisy

Ex-Spy Slams Brennan’s ‘Freedom of Speech’ Hypocrisy by John Rossomando IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Former CIA Director John Brennan wants Americans to view him as a victim of President Trump’s alleged effort to “suppress freedom of speech & punish critics.” President Trump ordered Brennan’s clearance stripped in July, a decision announced on Aug.…

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…

Trump to enact more measures against Turkey for holding “our wonderful Christian pastor”

Trump to enact more measures against Turkey for holding “our wonderful Christian pastor” Nuray Lydia Oglu, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America is warning President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey that more measures will be taken against this nation for holding “our wonderful Christian pastor.” Erdogan, a…

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…

Trump administration warns NATO Turkey to end its persecution of a Christian pastor

Trump administration warns NATO Turkey to end its persecution of a Christian pastor Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Donald Trump of America and other powerful members of his administration have warned Turkey, a fellow NATO member, to stop persecuting Andrew Brunson who is a Christian pastor. Of course, given the…

Canada is Funding and Supporting Terrorism Front Groups with Taxpayers’ Money

Canada is Funding and Supporting Terrorism Front Groups with Taxpayers’ Money by Tom Quiggin Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism The government of Canada plans to funnel $23 million into a multicultural program, Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid announced last week. The money is an outgrowth of Canada’s M-103 “Systemic racism and religious…