Tensions in Burkina Faso over soldiers seeking more funds to fight terrorists 

Tensions in Burkina Faso over soldiers seeking more funds to fight terrorists Sawako Utsumi and Noriko Watanabe  Modern Tokyo Times  Burkina Faso is blighted by Sunni Islamic terrorism, similar to many regional nations throughout this part of Africa. Soldiers, unhappy about the growing menace of terrorism and having limited resources to counter the threat, seek adequate…

Islamic State teaching children to execute Nigerian soldiers

Islamic State teaching children to execute Nigerian soldiers Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Earlier this month, Islamists linked to Bello Turji loyalists – who want all Christian churches to be closed in the state of Zamfara – were responsible for killing 200 villagers in this part of Nigeria. Since then, other…

NATO divisions and usual warmongers (UK and US): Russia and Ukraine

NATO divisions and usual warmongers (UK and US): Russia and Ukraine Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have involved themselves in the destabilization of many nations – along with other NATO powers (France concerning Libya and Turkey in Syria) – for many decades. Hence, from…

Japan art, China, and Zen Buddhism: Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769) 

Japan art, China, and Zen Buddhism: Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769) Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times  Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769) was a highly revered Zen Buddhist who utilized art, calligraphy, and other cultural angles to promote Buddhism. Rinzai Buddhism was stagnating because many ordinary people felt isolated. Therefore, Hakuin – and Sengai Gibon (1750-1837), a fellow Rinzai…

Colombia and 145 activists killed in 2021: Young indigenous activist killed this year 

Colombia and 145 activists killed in 2021: Young indigenous activist killed this year Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Another 145 people in Colombia were killed in 2021 concerning their respective human rights activity. Every year people are killed for speaking up for the dispossessed and communities who suffer at the…

Saitama tourism and Buddhism: Delightful Chichibu

Saitama tourism and Buddhism: Delightful Chichibu Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Chichibu is a great place to visit. This concerns refreshing the soul, connecting with nature, walking in the mountains, enjoying outdoor sports, shopping for cultural items, and browsing around this lovely part of Saitama. Also, the landscape, irrespective of whether…

UNHCR calls for support to end Sahel conflicts: Libya, Nigeria, and Islamists 

UNHCR calls for support to end Sahel conflicts: Libya, Nigeria, and Islamists Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Sahel and Lake Chad region faces many ethnic and religious issues. Hence, Islamic terrorism blights countless nations throughout the region. Ethnic tensions and fragile political systems also persist. Therefore, al-Qaeda and…

Japan hits 25,000 Covid-19 daily infections

Japan hits 25,000 Covid-19 daily infections Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The rebound in daily coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in Japan continues unabated since the New Year period. Hence, 25,744 new daily infections were announced today. Reports from South Africa to the United Kingdom indicate that the Omicron coronavirus variant is milder than…

Dutch winter landscapes based on Hendrick Avercamp by Japanese artist 

Dutch winter landscapes based on Hendrick Avercamp by Japanese artist Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi adores Dutch art. This concerns the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries because this period was a Golden Age concerning the number of esteemed Dutch artists with unique styles (all inspired by Dutch and Flemish Renaissance…

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…

North Korea weapons program: Japan watching from afar

North Korea weapons program: Japan watching from afar Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Korean Peninsula is witnessing an upsurge in new sophisticated weapons. Hence, North Korea and South Korea – despite tensions not being heightened in recent times – are focused on strengthening their respective military capabilities. However, for Japan,…

Endless massacres by Islamists in Nigeria: Boko, ISIS, Turji loyalists, Fulani, and others 

Endless massacres by Islamists in Nigeria: Boko, ISIS, Turji loyalists, Fulani, and others  Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times At least 200 villagers have been killed in the latest terrorist attack to blight Nigeria. The one connection behind much of the carnage in Nigeria is the Islamist angle. Equally, just…

The call of faith in the heart of Tokyo

The call of faith in the heart of Tokyo Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The faiths of Buddhism and Shintoism dot the Japanese landscape. Meanwhile, the impact of Confucianism and Taoism can be felt – and other ideas that have guided this nation throughout its history. Therefore, when visiting Tokyo, the…

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…

Tokyu Railways serving the Tokyo area wants to hike prices by 12.9 percent 

Tokyu Railways serving the Tokyo area wants to hike prices by 12.9 percent Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi  Modern Tokyo Times  The economic coronavirus (Covid-19) convulsions are especially hitting railway companies throughout Japan. This notably concerns the worst-hit areas, for example, Osaka and Tokyo. Hence, Tokyu Railways, a major private operator serving the Tokyo region,…

PM Kishida mulls quasi-emergency concerning Covid-19 in 3 prefectures

PM Kishida mulls quasi-emergency concerning Covid-19 in 3 prefectures Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is mulling a quasi-emergency concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19) in three prefectures. Other prefectures are likely to follow if current daily coronavirus infections keep on increasing. The three prefectures of immediate concern are Hiroshima, Okinawa,…

Al-Shabaab Islamists suspected of killing 6 Christians in Kenya

Al-Shabaab Islamists suspected of killing 6 Christians in Kenya Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Al-Shabaab (Al-Shabab) Islamists are suspected of killing six Christians in Kenya. The massacre of Christians happened in the village of Widhu, Lamu County. Pastor Stephen Sila told International Christian Concern, “I counted seven houses that were torched down,…

PM Hamdok resigns in Sudan: Internal crisis is growing 

PM Hamdok resigns in Sudan: Internal crisis is growing Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The political paralysis gripping Sudan is continuing. At the same time, ongoing protests remain against the military and civilian elites who supported the initial coup under the auspices of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Therefore, despite the reinstatement…