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 only the Edo Period and Meiji Period but also to his chaotic lifestyle. However, despite this, Yoshitoshi produced stunning art and he…

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 this talented individual understood his vocation because he pursued a career in art despite his family desiring a more commercial career. Therefore,…

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 Jinping of China will meet next week. According to various sources this will take place during the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic…

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 the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) are entrenching their positions, and think, as one opposition commander declared, “we will settle this…

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 reportedly run by Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), from Sri Lankan soil. The ISI uses legitimate government structures like…

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 committing untold barbarity in countless nations. Indeed, it is difficult to pin down if Takfiri Islamists are more inhumane in Afghanistan, Iraq,…

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 the construction of the Hungaro-Serbian High-Speed Railway (HSR), connecting Belgrade and Budapest by rail to facilitate transporting Chinese exports from Greek ports…

“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 Purification.” It appears that the prime mover was the Prime Minister (PM) Arseniy Yatsenyuk. It should be recalled that he was Victoria…

PM Abe of Japan: US Realism and Political Confidence in Tokyo

PM Abe of Japan: US Realism and Political Confidence in Tokyo Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times It appears that aspects of the media in Japan are beset by Western “gilt trips” and the trappings of “multi-cultural apologetics.” This certainly applies to the English speaking media on a whole in Japan. However,…

Water Pressures in Central Asia

Water Pressures in Central Asia International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Water has long been a major cause of conflict in Central Asia. Two states – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – have a surplus; the other three say they do not get their share from the region’s great rivers, the Syr Darya and Amu Darya,…

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 petrodollars, Turkey and the murky role of several Western governments to embolden sectarianism and terrorism, that this reality would come to haunt…

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 and this is witnessed in his art. Kyosai, just like the mysterious Tengu, belonged to two worlds and this applies to the…

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 deeper danger is less in the long established terrorist cells that perpetrated the act – horrific as it was – and more…

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 Beslan in North Ossetia. This part of the Russian Federation was basically a backwater when it came to international news. However, sadly…

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 obvious is how, despite stylistic and technical development, images of men remain pretty consistent throughout the period; yet women go through a…

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

US, Feudal Alliance and Syria: Sponsors of ISIS and no Religious Freedom in Saudi Arabia Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Obama of America is not only fooling himself, he is trying to fool the entire world. After all, Obama states America will train more sectarian and terrorist forces in the…

Zimbabwe: Waiting for the Future

Zimbabwe: Waiting for the Future International Crisis Group OVERVIEW The July 2013 election victory of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) failed to secure broad-based legitimacy for President Robert Mugabe, provide a foundation for fixing the economy, or normalise external relations. A year on, the country faces multiple social and economic problems, spawned by…

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 Kichijoji is one of many lovely places to reside in Tokyo. This is based on this delightful area being blessed with a…

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, sophistication, and serenity. This is equally matched with natural simplicity and adorable color schemes when applied to his images of beautiful ladies…

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 police chief, Ghulam Mustafa Mohseni, announced that a longtime Taliban stronghold, the Chahar Dara district of northern Afghanistan, had been cleared of…