Kazakhstan witnesses quick pull out of CSTO forces: Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan 

Kazakhstan witnesses quick pull out of CSTO forces: Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan  Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan was quick to request the support of members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). This was after a planned uprising occurred that witnessed two members of the security forces being…

Kazakhstan in “shoot to kill order” to protect National Security

Kazakhstan in “shoot to kill order” to protect National Security Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan ordered a “shoot to kill order” against violent “bandits and terrorists.” He told internal security forces to “use lethal force without warning.” He poured cold water on international calls for compromise. This is partly…

China and Japan Defense Ministers hold frank talks on Tokyo’s request

China and Japan Defense Ministers hold frank talks on Tokyo’s request Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi  Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi held frank talks with the Minister of National Defense from China. Wei Fenghe, the Minister of National Defense, is a general in the People’s Liberation Army.  Kishi hails from a…

Russian Federation warns Ukraine not to threaten Donbas: NATO military weapons

Russian Federation warns Ukraine not to threaten Donbas: NATO military weapons Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation is increasingly alarmed by the actions of Ukraine in the volatile eastern part of this country. Russians are heavily concentrated in eastern regions compared with other parts of Ukraine. Hence nationalists…

Japan supports the attendance of Taiwan at WHO gathering: China and democracy

Japan supports the attendance of Taiwan at WHO gathering: China and democracy Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China is an essential trading partner for Japan concerning exports and imports. At the same time, unlike thousands of years of positive history between China and Japan, nationalists in Japan since the Meiji Restoration…

India and the Russian Federation to strengthen ties: Putin to meet Modi

India and the Russian Federation to strengthen ties: Putin to meet Modi Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Russian Federation values its relationship with India. This feeling is reciprocated. Hence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will welcome President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation with open arms. Therefore,…

Japan art and the individualism of Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799)

Japan art and the individualism of Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) lived during the Edo Period. Various opinions exist concerning his background. However, irrespective of this, Rosetsu was blessed with an independent artistic spirit. He felt deep tragedy throughout his adult life. This concerns the…

Japan border controls tightened on new Covid variant first noted in Botswana

Japan border controls tightened on new Covid variant first noted in Botswana Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is tightening border controls in Japan concerning the new coronavirus variant that is raising enormous anxiety. Hence, tighter border controls have been announced for nations connected with Southern Africa. Therefore, tighter…

China and Russia to increase military drills in Northeast Asia: Japan geopolitics

China and Russia to increase military drills in Northeast Asia: Japan geopolitics Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Russian Federation will take part in military drills with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members for the first time in early December. At the same time, the Russian Federation and China will…

Uganda kills Islamist ADF terrorist recruiting cleric after the recent attack

Uganda kills Islamist ADF terrorist recruiting cleric after the recent attack Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) commit terrorist attacks and massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. This terrorist group originates in Uganda. Therefore, after the recent suicide bombings that hit Kampala, the…

India faces possible US sanctions over S-400 air defense systems from Russia

India faces possible US sanctions over S-400 air defense systems from Russia Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  India will procure S-400 air defense missiles systems from the Russian Federation and other armaments concerning India’s national security. However, the administration of President Joe Biden of the United States might put sanctions on…

Iraq assassination attempt against PM al-Kadhimi fails

Iraq assassination attempt against PM al-Kadhimi fails Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Prime Minister of Iraq, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, survived a sophisticated assassination attack. It is known that an armed drone laden with explosives tried to kill him.  Seven security guards protecting al-Kadhimi were injured in this brazen assassination attempt. Immediately,…

China and Russia in joint navy patrol: the Sea of Japan, Western Pacific, and the East China Sea

China and Russia in joint navy patrol: the Sea of Japan, Western Pacific, and the East China Sea Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China and the Russian Federation completed their first joint naval patrol that entailed the East China Sea, the Western Pacific, and the Sea of Japan. The joint patrol…

Poland decries EU threat of economic blackmail: Endless Visegrad disrespect

Poland decries EU threat of economic blackmail: Endless Visegrad disrespect Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  Poland is adamant that its dispute with the European Union (EU) should be discussed in a democratic approach and not a diktat. This diktat, implied by the behavior of the European Commission, concerns the non-approval of €57…

Buddhist nun: Art, poetry, Japanese anti-Buddhism, and sadness of Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Buddhist nun: Art, poetry, Japanese anti-Buddhism, and sadness of Rengetsu (1791-1875) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ōtagaki Rengetsu is widely acclaimed as being one of the greatest poets of nineteenth-century Japan. Indeed, her legacy is great concerning art, calligraphy, poetry, and being a graceful potter.  The life of Rengetsu was shaped greatly by Buddhism.…

Japanese Buddhism and art: Hakuin Ekaku and Chinese philosophy

Japanese Buddhism and art: Hakuin Ekaku and Chinese philosophy Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The revered Zen Buddhist, Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), understood the importance of connecting with ordinary people. Hence, under his tutelage and wisdom, he helped to restore the vitality of Rinzai Buddhism that was stagnating.  Hakuin was born in Hara in the province…

North Korea and South Korea test ballistic missiles: the US muted, Japan angry, and China diplomatic

North Korea and South Korea test ballistic missiles: the US muted, Japan angry, and China diplomatic Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Korean Peninsula witnessed the launching of tested ballistic missiles by North Korea and South Korea within hours of each other. Japan condemned the launch by North Korea. However,…

Nigeria cholera death toll reaches over 2,000 people

Nigeria cholera death toll reaches over 2,000 people Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times The cholera death toll in Nigeria is unrelenting and widespread. Henceforth, by early September, the death toll from cholera reached over 2,000 people. Therefore, the death toll will continue to flow at a time of endless ethnic and religious…