Yoshu Chikanobu and Art of Japan: East or West?

Yoshu Chikanobu and Art of Japan: East or West? Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yoshu Chikanobu (Chikanobu Toyohara) was a Meiji artist who highlighted many aspects of this revolutionary period in Japan.… Continue reading

Ukraine’s Tale of Two Elections

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Torii Kiyonaga and Japanese Art: Bijinga and Torii School

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Water Pressures in Central Asia

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NATO Turkey Under Erdogan Knows No Shame: ISIS Waiting to Slaughter the Kurds

NATO Turkey Under Erdogan Knows No Shame: ISIS Waiting to Slaughter the Kurds Nuray Lydia Oglu and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Bashar al-Assad warned the world that by allowing Gulf… Continue reading

Kawanabe Kyosai and Art of Japan: Folklore, Shinto, the Spirit World and Tengu

Kawanabe Kyosai and Art of Japan: Folklore, Shinto, the Spirit World and Tengu Lee Jay Walker and Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kawanabe Kyosai is extremely fascinating because of his individualistic spirit… Continue reading

Kenya: Al-Shabaab – Closer to Home

Kenya: Al-Shabaab – Closer to Home International Crisis Group   OVERVIEW One year after the Westgate Mall terrorist attack in Nairobi, Al-Shabaab is more entrenched and a graver threat to Kenya. But the… Continue reading

Beslan and Chechen Terrorism: Caucasus Jihadists still killing in Syria and Gulf Petrodollars

Beslan and Chechen Terrorism: Caucasus Jihadists still killing in Syria and Gulf Petrodollars Ramzan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times On the morning of September 1, 2004, all seemed normal in… Continue reading

Images of Men and Women in Japanese Woodblock Prints

Images of Men and Women in Japanese Woodblock Prints Toshidama Gallery The current exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery shows twenty-four prints of men and women, all of them from the nineteenth century. Immediately… Continue reading

US, Feudal Alliance and Syria: Sponsors of ISIS and no Religious Freedom in Saudi Arabia

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Yuzo Saeki and Japanese Art: A Rare Flower Cut Down by Tuberculosis in France

Yuzo Saeki and Japanese Art: A Rare Flower Cut Down by Tuberculosis in France Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yuzo Saeki was born in 1898 and died in 1928 at the tender… Continue reading

Ukraine’s Collapsing Economy

Ukraine’s Collapsing Economy Anthony T. Salvia Director, American Institute in Ukraine AIU American Institute in Ukraine With the ceasefire now in its fourth week, Ukraine commentators are shifting their attention from the military… Continue reading

Italian Fashion and Simonetta Sala: Adorable Designer based in Milan

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Zimbabwe: Waiting for the Future

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Tokyo Times and Kichijoji Lifestyle: Fashion and Living Environment

Tokyo Times and Kichijoji Lifestyle: Fashion and Living Environment Sarah Deschamps and Kanako Itamae  Modern Tokyo Times Tokyo lifestyle provides a wealth of different options that appeal to different individuals. The district of… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Traditional Fashion: Ito Shinsui and Bijinga

Art of Japan and Traditional Fashion: Ito Shinsui and Bijinga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is a “famous son” of Japanese art because his art is blessed with elegance,… Continue reading

Taliban Devise New Strategy in Afghanistan: Territorial Control and War on Afghan Intelligence Headquarters

Taliban Devise New Strategy in Afghanistan: Territorial Control and War on Afghan Intelligence Headquarters Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 18 By: Waliullah Rahmani The Jamestown Foundation On September 10, 2014, Kunduz province’s… Continue reading

Myanmar and Religious Tensions: China, Japan, India and US in Geopolitical Game

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Art of Japan and Rich Influence of China: Tani Buncho

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Statement on Ebola and Conflict in West Africa

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Man of Mystery in the World of Japanese Woodblock Prints: Isoda Koryusai

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Shared Concerns Over Salafi Extremism Steer Iran and Tajikistan Into Security Agreement

Shared Concerns Over Salafi Extremism Steer Iran and Tajikistan Into Security Agreement Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 166 By: Mark Vinson The Jamestown Foundation On September 11, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived… Continue reading

Russia Should Send Operatives to Syria: Caucasus Angle and Iran

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Japanese Art and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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Syrian Brotherhood Stands Nearer to ISIS Than to U.S.

Syrian Brotherhood Stands Nearer to ISIS Than to U.S. by Ravi Kumar IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism While the United States tries to build a coalition of Arab allies to join the… Continue reading

Obama and the Syria Agenda: US to Utilize Covert Allies of ISIS via Draconian Saudi Arabia

Obama and the Syria Agenda: US to Utilize Covert Allies of ISIS via Draconian Saudi Arabia Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Obama of the United States must be… Continue reading

Yorozu Tetsugoro and Art of Japan: Famous Son of Iwate

Yorozu Tetsugoro and Art of Japan: Famous Son of Iwate Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yorozu Tetsugoro was born in 1885 and died of tuberculosis in 1927 after severe complications from pneumonia… Continue reading

Yukio Mishima: Nationalist, Genius and the Perfect Death

Yukio Mishima: Nationalist, Genius and the Perfect Death Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yukio Mishima states: “If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the… Continue reading

Iran’s Two-Pronged Problem with the Islamic State: At Home and Abroad

Iran’s Two-Pronged Problem with the Islamic State: At Home and Abroad By: Alex Vatanka The Jamestown Foundation Executive Summary The authorities in Iran consider the Islamic State to pose two different kinds of… Continue reading

Yumeji Takehisa and Japanese Art: Taisho Romanticism and Shadow of Shusui Kotoku

Yumeji Takehisa and Japanese Art: Taisho Romanticism and Shadow of Shusui Kotoku Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yumeji Takehisa produced many stunning pieces of art but he never received the international acclaim… Continue reading

Ebola Deaths Keep on Mounting: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

Ebola Deaths Keep on Mounting: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone Noriko Watanabe and Paul Joseph Nzeribe Modern Tokyo Times The Ebola crisis is showing few signs of abating therefore with each new passing… Continue reading

President Bashar al-Assad Warned Against the Folly of Gulf and NATO Powers

President Bashar al-Assad Warned Against the Folly of Gulf and NATO Powers Helmut Joachim Schmidt, Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Bashar al-Assad of Syria warned the international community… Continue reading