Taiwan train derailment kills at least 48: Tomb Sweeping Day tourists

Taiwan train derailment kills at least 48: Tomb Sweeping Day tourists Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times Tragedy hit Taiwan after a train derailment killed at least 48 people. Reports are still sketchy, but it is believed that over 70 remain trapped after the derailment carrying approximately 470 passengers. Apparently, many passengers were…

Myanmar violence disturbs Japan and calls for reinstalling democracy

Myanmar violence disturbs Japan and calls for reinstalling democracy Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is increasingly disturbed by the use of violence by the security apparatus in Myanmar. Hence, unlike Western nations that failed to support Myanmar during the democratic path under State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi,…

Australia and Japan agree on a historic Defense Pact

Australia and Japan agree on a historic Defense Pact Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have agreed in principle to a significant Defense Pact. Of course, China isn’t happy about events. However, democratic nations need to focus on strengthening their respective…

Iran and its endless Covid-19 crisis

Iran and its endless Covid-19 crisis Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis in Iran is never-ending. Indeed, deaths began to emerge in February and since then it is an endless curve of death. Therefore, the longevity of coronavirus is putting enormous strains on society, especially for people already struggling.…

Japan protests after China patrol incursion: Early test for PM Suga

Japan protests after China patrol incursion: Early test for PM Suga Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan is facing his first geopolitical test after two Chinese patrol ships entered the vicinity of the Senkaku Islands. This comes shortly after recent anti-China stances according to political elites…

Aichi ends the Covid-19 State of Emergency

Aichi ends the Covid-19 State of Emergency Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times Hideaki Omura, the Governor of Aichi, lifted the coronavirus (Covid-19) State of Emergency based on the reduction of infections. Hence, the State of Emergency between August 6 and 24 appears to have halted the crisis. The main concern is Nagoya…

Aichi to declare a Covid-19 State of Emergency from August 6

Aichi to declare a Covid-19 State of Emergency from August 6 Sawako Utsumi and Noriko Watanabe  Modern Tokyo Times  The prefecture of Aichi will declare a State of Emergency between August 6 and 24 based on increasing coronavirus (Covid-19) infections. This notably applies to Nagoya and the surrounding region. Therefore, this will affect many Japanese…

US intention in Syria is a quagmire for Russia: Cyprus, Turkey, and Islamists

US intention in Syria is a quagmire for Russia: Cyprus, Turkey, and Islamists Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The endless conflict in Syria is at a dreaded stalemate where America and Turkey seek an endless quagmire for Syria and the Russian Federation. For America, even if Sunni Islamists have cleansed Alawites,…

Israel sends humanitarian aid from Wuhan to Europe: Assisting against coronavirus

Israel sends humanitarian aid from Wuhan to Europe: Assisting against coronavirus Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The city of Wuhan in China is infamous for being the epicenter of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that is sweeping across the world. Yet, the international airport serving Wuhan is also highlighting the fact that…