1.5 million Venezuelan refugees face severe hardship: Exacerbated by covid-19

1.5 million Venezuelan refugees face severe hardship: Exacerbated by covid-19 Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The economic situation under President Nicolás Maduro is a disaster for ordinary citizens. In recent years, millions of Venezuelans have fled the country because of extreme poverty, a crumbling health care system, unemployment, and an array…

Austria, Czechia, Hungary, and Slovakia to ease border restrictions: Covid-19 success

Austria, Czechia, Hungary, and Slovakia to ease border restrictions: Covid-19 success Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The governments of Austria, Czechia, Hungary, and Slovakia hope to ease border areas by the middle of June. This is based on containing the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis with respective success. Currently deaths per million are…

The covid-19 crisis in America and Brazil is beset by political and social discord

The covid-19 crisis in America and Brazil is beset by political and social discord Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis is witnessing the divisions that exist in America and Brazil. Hence, while the United Kingdom is dealing with the coronavirus crisis abysmally, political and social cohesion remains despite…

UK and 30,000 Covid-19 deaths: V4 of Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia with few deaths

UK and 30,000 Covid-19 deaths: V4 of Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia with few deaths Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The death toll from coronavirus (Covid-19) in the United Kingdom is shockingly high compared with the Visegrád Group (V4) of Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Indeed, the United Kingdom is the…

Deaths in France, Italy, Spain, and the UK is 75,000 compared to 450 people in the modern Asia Pacific

Deaths in France, Italy, Spain, and the UK is 75,000 compared to 450 people in the modern Asia Pacific Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis emanated in Wuhan and then spread throughout China. In time, China got on top of the first wave of coronavirus. However, what is…

State of Emergency in Japan to include Osaka, Tokyo, and five more prefectures

State of Emergency in Japan to include Osaka, Tokyo, and five more prefectures Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will declare a state of emergency after a recent spate of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. Abe, extremely concerned about the economic angle, finally relented to growing pressure. Hence, the coronavirus…

Mount Fuji and contemporary Japanese art: The old world of Rinpa

Mount Fuji and contemporary Japanese art: The old world of Rinpa Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese contemporary artist, Sawako Utsumi, once more produces an adorable art piece based on rinpa (rimpa). In the past, Utsumi heavily focused on Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828) about rinpa. However, in her latest rinpa art piece, the emphasis…