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…

Review of Ellery Queen’s Japanese Mystery Stories

Review of Ellery Queen’s Japanese Mystery Stories Special Contribution: Renae Lucas-Hall Originally published by Tuttle in 1984 under the title Ellery Queen’s Japanese Golden Dozen, this cover features a watchful detective smoking in Tokyo’s back streets with Japanese street signs, red lights, and lanterns in the background. Crime fiction is very popular at the moment…

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…

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.…

Record heatstroke deaths last month in Tokyo

Record heatstroke deaths last month in Tokyo Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times August in Tokyo culminated with 187 deaths from heatstroke. This is a record number since figures began to be collated in 2007. Therefore, adding to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, the deadly heatstroke also took many lives. In Japan, the rainy…

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…

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…

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…