Japan election result: Clear mandate for PM Kishida

Japan election result: Clear mandate for PM Kishida Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Liberal Democratic Party (LPD) was fearing its strongest opposition challenge since 2009. However, despite having three leaders of the ruling LDP in the last 13 months, the party won the endorsement of the Japanese electorate…

President el-Sisi lifts the State of Emergency in Egypt: Anti-Christian attacks and Muslim Brotherhood

President el-Sisi lifts the State of Emergency in Egypt: Anti-Christian attacks and Muslim Brotherhood Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will lift the State of Emergency that was imposed in April 2017. Following the first imposition, it was mandated every three months and maintained. However, with stability returning to…

Sudan in crisis after the military coup: PM Hamdok arrested

Sudan in crisis after the military coup: PM Hamdok arrested Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  A State of Emergency in Sudan was declared by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. This declaration took place after the armed forces arrested the civilian leadership. Therefore, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok – and other civilian leaders of…

Japan art and continuity despite rapid political changes: Sakai Dōitsu (1845-1913)

Japan art and continuity despite rapid political changes: Sakai Dōitsu (1845-1913) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sakai Dōitsu (1845-1913) was a Japanese artist who witnessed the demise of the Edo period and the rapid changes of the Meiji era. However, he actually died during the early Taisho period that promised further modernization and greater liberty. …

China and Russia in joint navy patrol: the Sea of Japan, Western Pacific, and the East China Sea

China and Russia in joint navy patrol: the Sea of Japan, Western Pacific, and the East China Sea Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China and the Russian Federation completed their first joint naval patrol that entailed the East China Sea, the Western Pacific, and the Sea of Japan. The joint patrol…

PM Viktor Orbán of Hungary says, “We’re David who Goliath is best off steering clear of”

PM Viktor Orbán of Hungary says, “We’re David who Goliath is best off steering clear of” Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of Hungary waved to vast numbers of supporters in Budapest. The mass rally in support of Orbán and the Hungarian government was also reminded how Hungary…

Japanese Buddhist poetry from centuries ago

Japanese Buddhist poetry from centuries ago Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The holy Buddhist monk Jien (1155-1225) followed Tendai Buddhism. Naturally, with the passages of time and the political power dynamics of the day, it is important to enter his world. However, for Jien, “All the flowers are but the flower of the law”…

Japanese Buddhist poetry: Saigyō, nature, and solitude

Japanese Buddhist poetry: Saigyō, nature, and solitude Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The young Saigyō Hōshi (birth name Satō Norikiyo) was born to a noble family in Kyoto. However, the cultural dynamics were shifting because Buddhism was increasingly being questioned during his period of life – despite Buddhism remaining potent. Therefore, with Saigyō living between 1118-1190,…

Myanmar needs a National Salvation government: Neither side can win, only more suffering! 

Myanmar needs a National Salvation government: Neither side can win, only more suffering!  Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Myanmar needs a National Salvation government to overcome the horrendous internal convulsions that threaten this nation-state. Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Defence Services (before the coup against State…

Poland decries EU threat of economic blackmail: Endless Visegrad disrespect

Poland decries EU threat of economic blackmail: Endless Visegrad disrespect Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  Poland is adamant that its dispute with the European Union (EU) should be discussed in a democratic approach and not a diktat. This diktat, implied by the behavior of the European Commission, concerns the non-approval of €57…

North Korea and South Korea military modernization: Japan watching developments 

North Korea and South Korea military modernization: Japan watching developments  Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times  The military modernization of the Korean Peninsula is increasing once more to a higher level. Hence, with the ruling party in Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), seeking to double Japan’s military budget if re-elected on October…

Biafra, Communists in Indonesia, and East Timor: Shameful legacy of millions of deaths under Harold Wilson

Biafra, Communists in Indonesia, and East Timor: Shameful legacy of millions of deaths under Harold Wilson Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The horrendous legacy of Harold Wilson is now being released concerning the massacres of communists in Indonesia (1965-1966). Henceforth, Harold Wilson, the leader of the Labour Party and the Prime…

Russia hopes for a U-turn in the EU’S energy policy 

Russia hopes for a U-turn in the EU’S energy policy  Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By:  Mateusz Kubiak The Jamestown Foundation On October 6, Vladimir Putin held a publicly broadcasted meeting with Russian oil and gas industry representatives, discussing the skyrocketing global natural gas prices (Kremlin.ru, October 6). As expected, it focused on the dramatic situation in…

MP Amess stabbed to death by Islamist inside a church in England: Apostates face death in Somalia

MP Amess stabbed to death by Islamist inside a church in England: Apostates face death in Somalia Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times A serving Member of Parliament (MP), Sir David Amess of the United Kingdom, was brutally murdered by an Islamist in a Christian Church in eastern England. According to sources,…