Central African Republic: The roots of violence

Central African Republic: The roots of violence Africa Report N°230 International Crisis Group The full report is currently available in: French. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) is… Continue reading

Tokyo Fashion News: Ginza Fashion and Changing Dynamics

Tokyo Fashion News: Ginza Fashion and Changing Dynamics Kanako Itamae and Sarah Deschamps Modern Tokyo Times Ginza is located in a very leafy part of Tokyo and the fashion angle to this district… Continue reading

Hezbollah and the Shia and Sunni Sectarian Issue: Nasrallah and the Bigger Picture

Hezbollah and the Shia and Sunni Sectarian Issue: Nasrallah and the Bigger Picture Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The conflict in Syria remains unresolved because the United States wants… Continue reading

The Islamic State’s Uneven Trajectory in Libya

The Islamic State’s Uneven Trajectory in Libya Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 19 By: Nathaniel Barr The Jamestown Foundation As the Islamic State sought to expand geographically in the months following the… Continue reading

Art of Japan and the Intriguing and Mysterious World of Ukiyo-e

Art of Japan and the Intriguing and Mysterious World of Ukiyo-e Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The amazing aspect of ukiyo-e is that nothing is hidden therefore you can witness stunning landscapes,… Continue reading

Esthederm and Tokyo Beauty at Keio Department Store in Shinjuku: Cosmetics and Skin Care

Esthederm and Tokyo Beauty at Keio Department Store in Shinjuku: Cosmetics and Skin Care Tomoko Hara and Michel Lebon Modern Tokyo Times Keio Department Store in Shinjuku is located in the heart of… Continue reading

Myanmar’s Peace Process: A Nationwide Ceasefire Remains Elusive

Myanmar’s Peace Process: A Nationwide Ceasefire Remains Elusive International Crisis Group OVERVIEW After more than six decades of internal armed conflict, the next four weeks could be decisive for Myanmar’s peace process. The… Continue reading

Japan and Vietnam Strengthen Relations: China and South China Sea (East Sea)

Japan and Vietnam Strengthen Relations: China and South China Sea (East Sea) Amina Qamar, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The governments of Japan and Vietnam have agreed to strengthen… Continue reading

Hatsune Miku and the Cute Perfect Girlfriend: Reality or unreality?

Hatsune Miku and the Cute Perfect Girlfriend:  Reality or unreality? Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In Japan it is sometimes difficult to understand the concept of life and death… Continue reading

Tokyo Tourism and Adorable Mountain Range: Culture, Religion and Scenery

Tokyo Tourism and Adorable Mountain Range: Culture, Religion and Scenery Olivier LeCourt and Hiroshi Saito Modern Tokyo Times Japanese tourism is internationally famous because of many different angles. This applies to the rich… Continue reading

The Finnish Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria and Iraq

The Finnish Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria and Iraq Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Juha Saarinen The Jamestown Foundation By August 2015, at least 70 individuals from Finland had travelled to Syria and Iraq… Continue reading

Geopolitical Concerns of Turkmenistan: EU, NATO, Iran and the Russian Federation

Geopolitical Concerns of Turkmenistan: EU, NATO, Iran and the Russian Federation Nuray Lydia Oglu, Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Turkmenistan is of major geopolitical significance because… Continue reading

Complex Nature of Buddhist Art in Japan: Rinzai school of Buddhism

Complex Nature of Buddhist Art in Japan: Rinzai school of Buddhism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sesshu Toyo (1420-1506) and Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) are two famous individuals in Japanese history. However, despite… Continue reading

Yasui Sotaro and Art of Japan: The Impact of Paris

Yasui Sotaro and Art of Japan: The Impact of Paris Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) was born in Kyoto and he is famous for yoga (Western-style) portraiture. It is clear that… Continue reading

Cameroon in the Shadow of Boko Haram, Gulf Powers and Sudan: Christian, Islamist and Sufi Strains

Cameroon in the Shadow of Boko Haram, Gulf Powers and Sudan: Christian, Islamist and Sufi Strains Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Central African Republic was… Continue reading

North Caucasus: The Challenges of Integration (IV): Economic and Social Imperatives

North Caucasus: The Challenges of Integration (IV): Economic and Social Imperatives International Crisis Group This report is also available in: Russian EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS For two decades the North Caucasus conflict has… Continue reading

Shia Houthis in Yemen Abandoned by Iran and the International Community: Feudal Sunni Monarchies

Shia Houthis in Yemen Abandoned by Iran and the International Community: Feudal Sunni Monarchies Salma Zribi, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Western and Gulf powers utilize the mass media,… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Isoda Koryusai: Unique Background

Japanese Art and Isoda Koryusai: Unique Background Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Isoda Koryusai is a man of mystery even today because much remains up in the air about important aspects of… Continue reading

Indonesia’s New Counter-Terrorism Challenges

Indonesia’s New Counter-Terrorism Challenges Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Andrew Zammit, Muhammad Iqbal The Jamestown Foundation Following the 2002 Bali bombings, Indonesia confronted a seemingly unmanageable terrorist problem. Over the next decade, however, the… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Cultural Changes during the Lifetime of Yoshu Chikanobu (1838-1912)

Art of Japan and Cultural Changes during the Lifetime of Yoshu Chikanobu (1838-1912) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yoshu Chikanobu (Toyohara Chikanobu) lived between 1838 and 1912 therefore much of his art… Continue reading

Islamist Boko Haram Kill 30 in Cameroon Twin Attack: Nigeria and Chad

Islamist Boko Haram Kill 30 in Cameroon Twin Attack: Nigeria and Chad Boutros Hussein, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Cameroon is now on the frontline along with Chad against… Continue reading

Nepal: Conflict Alert

Nepal: Conflict Alert International Crisis Group Spiralling protests against a draft constitution have left 23 dead and hundreds injured in Nepal in two weeks. An over-militarised security reaction and inadequate political response from… Continue reading

ISIS and the Sham of Gulf and NATO Powers: Hezbollah, Iraq and Syria

ISIS and the Sham of Gulf and NATO Powers: Hezbollah, Iraq and Syria Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Obama and other leaders in France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey,… Continue reading

Art of Japan During the Edo Period: Tani Buncho and Culture of China

Art of Japan During the Edo Period: Tani Buncho and Culture of China Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In the history books it is stated that Japan in the Edo period was… Continue reading

Kamisaka Sekka and Art of Japan: Rimpa and Creativity of New Ideas

Kamisaka Sekka and Art of Japan: Rimpa and Creativity of New Ideas Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) lived in a very fascinating period of history in Japan and likewise… Continue reading

Mongolia’s Place in China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’

Mongolia’s Place in China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Publication: China Brief By: Alicia J. Campi The Jamestown Foundation Although the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been active in promoting its ‘One Belt,… Continue reading

Deaths of Lee Rigby and Anas al-Liby: Murky Roles of MI5 and MI6 in Relation to Al-Qaeda and Islamists

Deaths of Lee Rigby and Anas al-Liby: Murky Roles of MI5 and MI6 in Relation to Al-Qaeda and Islamists Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times MI5 and MI6 in the… Continue reading

Kiyochika and Art of Japan: Adapts to Sweeping Changes in Society

Kiyochika and Art of Japan: Adapts to Sweeping Changes in Society Tomoko Hara and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) fought on the wrong side of history, if you happen… Continue reading

Japanese Nikkei 225 Nosedives on Economic Uncertainty from China

Japanese Nikkei 225 Nosedives on Economic Uncertainty from China Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The economic crisis in China is hitting global stock indexes therefore the Nikkei 225 in… Continue reading

Iraq: Conflict Alert

Iraq: Conflict Alert International Crisis Group A wave of protests has brought Iraq to the edge of yet more serious conflict. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has introduced sweeping reforms to halt the deterioration… Continue reading

Tokyo Tourism and Chinzan-so: Fusion of Faiths and Stunning Garden

Tokyo Tourism and Chinzan-so: Fusion of Faiths and Stunning Garden Kanako Itamae and Michel Lebon Modern Tokyo News The history of Chinzan-so (Chinzanso) is fascinating because you have many historic remains therefore you… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Yoshitaki: Oni Demon, Namazu and Japanese Culture

Art of Japan and Yoshitaki: Oni Demon, Namazu and Japanese Culture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Yoshitaki (1841-1899) produced several stunning pieces of art related to the oni demon. In the main image… Continue reading