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…

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…

Japan maintains tight border controls concerning the Omicron variant

Japan maintains tight border controls concerning the Omicron variant Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan is maintaining tight border controls concerning the Omicron Covid-19 (coronavirus) variant that is highly infectious. Hence, Kishida said Japan would preserve its policy until late February and then review the situation. Since…

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,…

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…

Japan welcomes in 2022 with grimmer demographic news

Japan welcomes in 2022 with grimmer demographic news Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times  Japan will welcome 2022 with grimmer demographic news regarding the next generation. This concerns the lowest number of adults aged 20 since the government began to take records in 1968. According to the Internal Affairs Ministry, the number of…

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…

Sudan tensions erupt again after protests in Khartoum

Sudan tensions erupt again after protests in Khartoum Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of Sudan reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok last month. This happened after mounting internal and international pressure. However, with the military still having power mechanisms to alter the path to democracy, many in…

Japan poetry and a life blighted by ill-health: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)

Japan poetry and a life blighted by ill-health: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The final years of the life of Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) were filled with pain and long-lasting suffering. Ultimately, his life was cut short from the ravages of tuberculosis and other ailments that stemmed from this.  Shiki understood the frailty…

Japan and record $490 billion stimulus package: Debt and right target?

Japan and record $490 billion stimulus package: Debt and right target? Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan announced a record $490 billion (55.7 trillion yen) stimulus package. Hence, this economic policy is aimed at assisting the weak economy, helping smaller companies that are struggling with debts, families with children, and…

Covid-19 numbers in Japan continue to decline

Covid-19 numbers in Japan continue to decline Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The Japan coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis reached new highs throughout the Tokyo Olympic timeframe. Numbers then began to decline before the ending of the Paralympics. Since then, new daily coronavirus cases have tailed off. Yesterday, Japan announced no daily deaths from…

Sudan in crisis after the military coup: PM Hamdok arrested

Sudan in crisis after the military coup: PM Hamdok arrested Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  A State of Emergency in Sudan was declared by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. This declaration took place after the armed forces arrested the civilian leadership. Therefore, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok – and other civilian leaders of…

Japanese Buddhist poetry: Saigyō, nature, and solitude

Japanese Buddhist poetry: Saigyō, nature, and solitude Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The young Saigyō Hōshi (birth name Satō Norikiyo) was born to a noble family in Kyoto. However, the cultural dynamics were shifting because Buddhism was increasingly being questioned during his period of life – despite Buddhism remaining potent. Therefore, with Saigyō living between 1118-1190,…

Myanmar needs a National Salvation government: Neither side can win, only more suffering! 

Myanmar needs a National Salvation government: Neither side can win, only more suffering!  Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Myanmar needs a National Salvation government to overcome the horrendous internal convulsions that threaten this nation-state. Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Defence Services (before the coup against State…

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…

North Korea and South Korea military modernization: Japan watching developments 

North Korea and South Korea military modernization: Japan watching developments  Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times  The military modernization of the Korean Peninsula is increasing once more to a higher level. Hence, with the ruling party in Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), seeking to double Japan’s military budget if re-elected on October…