Takfiris Kill in Kenya and Nigeria: Christian Leaders and Indigenous Islam Must Fight Back

Takfiris Kill in Kenya and Nigeria: Christian Leaders and Indigenous Islam Must Fight Back Lielit Kebede, Nuray Lydia Oglu and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Takfiri Islamists keep on butchering in Kenya… Continue reading

Kamisaka Sekka and Art of Japan: Changing Sands and Rimpa

Kamisaka Sekka and Art of Japan: Changing Sands and Rimpa Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) lived in a very dramatic period in the history of Japan. He… Continue reading

Tensho Shubun and Impact of China: Zen Buddhist Priest in 15th Century Japan

Tensho Shubun and Impact of China: Zen Buddhist Priest in 15th Century Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Artists in old Japan highlight the power and influence of China. At the… Continue reading

Georgian Chechens Increasingly Play Key Roles in Both Islamic State and Its Rivals

Georgian Chechens Increasingly Play Key Roles in Both Islamic State and Its Rivals Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 217 By: Mairbek Vatchagaev The Jamestown Foundation After the followers of Sheikh Abu… Continue reading

Iran should focus on Shia Day and not Jerusalem Day: Takfiris, Sponsored Sectarianism and Killing the Shia

Iran should focus on Shia Day and not Jerusalem Day: Takfiris, Sponsored Sectarianism and Killing the Shia Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Islamic Republic of Iran is entering… Continue reading

A Coup Ordained? Thailand’s Prospects for Stability

A Coup Ordained? Thailand’s Prospects for Stability International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On 22 May, for the twelfth time in Thailand’s history, the army seized power after months of political turbulence. This is… Continue reading

Foreign Policy of Japan: No Warrior Benkei in Sight therefore China and Russia are Essential

Foreign Policy of Japan: No Warrior Benkei in Sight therefore China and Russia are Essential Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Since the post-World War Two period it is abundantly obvious that America… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Culture: Ono no Komachi, Poetry and Myths

Japanese Art and Culture: Ono no Komachi, Poetry and Myths Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The waka poet, Ono no Komachi, is a noted poet in Japan. This reality is abundantly clear… Continue reading

The Maldives and Syria Connection: Jihad in Paradise?

The Maldives-Syria Connection: Jihad in Paradise? Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 22 By: Animesh Roul The Jamestown Foundation The Maldives, the Muslim-majority archipelago country in the Indian Ocean, is going through a… Continue reading

Josetsu and Art: Relations between China and Japan are based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd”

Josetsu and Art: Relations between China and Japan are based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd” Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China and Japan have so much in common based on… Continue reading

East African States Need To Keep Gulf Powers At Bay: Al-Shabaab Massacre in Kenya

East African States Need To Keep Gulf Powers At Bay: Al-Shabaab Massacre in Kenya Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The latest massacre by al-Shabaab (al-Shabab) in Kenya highlights the… Continue reading

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers Africa Briefing N°104 International Crisis Group OVERVIEW As northern Mali experiences renewed violence, peace negotiations in Algiers offer a unique opportunity to resolve the crisis. But after almost… Continue reading

NATO Turkey, Erdogan, Davutoglu and Terrorism: The FSA, al-Qaeda and ISIS Conduit wants Syria to be Bombed

NATO Turkey, Erdogan, Davutoglu and Terrorism: The FSA, al-Qaeda and ISIS Conduit wants Syria to be Bombed Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu of… Continue reading

Bank of Japan, PM Abe and Kuroda: Shirakawa Warned about No Quick Fix

Bank of Japan, PM Abe and Kuroda: Shirakawa Warned about No Quick Fix Joachim de Villiers and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The Bank of Japan witnessed the changing of the guard from… Continue reading

Japanese Woodblock Prints: Three Women from the 100 Ogura Poets

Three Women from the 100 Ogura Poets By toshidama The current show at the Toshidama Gallery has three sheets from the peerless series of woodblock prints A Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets… Continue reading

Economy of Japan in Nosedive: Prime Minister Abe and Bank of Japan

Economy of Japan in Nosedive: Prime Minister Abe and Bank of Japan Noriko Watanabe and Michel Lebon Modern Tokyo Times   The economy of Japan continues to be blighted by negative economic data… Continue reading

Iranian-Turkish Relations Vis-à-Vis Turkey’s Energy Transit Policy

Iranian-Turkish Relations Vis-à-Vis Turkey’s Energy Transit Policy Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 204 By: Orhan Gafarli The Jamestown Foundation Despite Western economic sanctions, Iranian-Turkish relations have been developing in many different… Continue reading

Syrian Government is an Essential Pivot in the Stabilization of the Region: US Confusion Continues

Syrian Government is an Essential Pivot in the Stabilization of the Region: US Confusion Continues Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Syria continues to fight tenaciously against… Continue reading

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Japanese Art: Edo, Meiji, Poverty and the Ravages of Depression

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Japanese Art: Edo, Meiji, Poverty and the Ravages of Depression Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi literally lived in two worlds and this applies to not… Continue reading

Yasui Sotaro and Art of Japan: Paris and Domestic Influence

Yasui Sotaro and Art of Japan: Paris and Domestic Influence 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

Bangladesh Terror in West Bengal: Political Opportunism?

Bangla Terror in West Bengal: Political Opportunism? Bhaskar Roy, C3S Paper No.2070 Chennai Center for China Studies   An explosion in a house in Khagragram, Burdwan district, West Bengal, on October 02 opened… Continue reading

Tentative Steps in the Pipeline between China and Japan: Territorial Dispute, or not?

Tentative Steps in the Pipeline between China and Japan: Territorial Dispute, or not? Kanako Itamae and Jay Doggett Modern Tokyo Times It is firmly believed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi… Continue reading

Torii Kiyonaga and Japanese Art: Bijinga and Nishiki-e

Torii Kiyonaga and Japanese Art: Bijinga and Nishiki-e Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) was an extremely stylish Japanese woodblock (ukiyo-e) artist who belonged to the Torii school. His rise to… Continue reading

Conflict Alert: Looming Military Offensives in South Sudan

Conflict Alert: Looming Military Offensives in South Sudan International Crisis Group Warring parties in South Sudan’s civil war are preparing for major offensives as seasonal rains ease. Hardliners in both the government and… Continue reading

Utagawa Yoshitaki and Japan Art: Dreaded Catfish (Namazu) and Oni Demon

Utagawa Yoshitaki and Cultural Art of Japan: Namazu and Oni Demon 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

Pakistan’s Anti-India Spy Network Eyes Vital Defense Infrastructure from Sri Lanka

Pakistan’s Anti-India Spy Network Eyes Vital Defense Infrastructure from Sri Lanka Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 19 By: Animesh Roul The Jamestown Foundation India’s intelligence agencies have been investigating an espionage network… Continue reading

Takfiri Barbarity and Sharia Apartheid Laws: Boko Haram and the Nightmare of Nigeria

Takfiri Barbarity and Sharia Apartheid Laws: Boko Haram and the Nightmare of Nigeria Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Lielit Kebede and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Takfiri Islamists that turn to the sword are… Continue reading

Art of Japan: “At Eternity’s Gate” by Van Gogh and Plight of Yuzo Saeki

Art of Japan: “At Eternity’s Gate” by Van Gogh and Plight of Yuzo Saeki Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Shortly before Van Gogh died he painted “At Eternity’s Gate” in 1890 after… Continue reading

China’s Railway Diplomacy in the Balkans

China’s Railway Diplomacy in the Balkans Publication: China Brief Volume: 14 Issue: 20 By: Dragan Pavlicevic The Jamestown Foundation In November 2013, China, Serbia and Hungary signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for… Continue reading

Religious Shia Leader Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia: Real Mirror of ISIS

Religious Shia Leader Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia: Real Mirror of ISIS Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If you want to view the real mirror of ISIS (IS… Continue reading

Kunisada and Kunichika – Two Men of the Stage

Kunisada and Kunichika – Two Men of the Stage Toshidama Gallery What do most people know of kabuki? In the west, almost nothing. Modern kabuki occupies perhaps the same status as modern poetry… Continue reading

“Power Purification” Law and Merkel Slow Down Progress in Ukraine-Russia Diplomacy

“Power Purification” Law and Merkel Slow Down Progress in Ukraine-Russia Diplomacy Vojin Joksimovich, PhD Modern Tokyo Times “Power Purification” Law The Ukrainian Parliament, Verkhovna Rada, has passed a new law translated as “Power… Continue reading