South Korea elects a new leader: America hopes Yoon will be a stooge like Kishida 

South Korea elects a new leader: America hopes Yoon will be a stooge like Kishida  Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The people of South Korea voted for a new leader from the conservative camp. Hence, the new leader in waiting, Yoon Suk-yeol, promises to be a hawk concerning the interests of South…

Russia condemns NATO and US: You expanded NATO to the east – Japan and South Korea

Russia condemns NATO and US: You expanded NATO to the east – Japan and South Korea Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin is increasingly agitated by the United States and nations that are blindly following Washington – from Japan to the United Kingdom. China also is increasingly…

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…

South Korea open to lifting sanctions on North Korea: US and peripheral Japan

South Korea open to lifting sanctions on North Korea: US and peripheral Japan Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Korean Peninsula is currently witnessing new launches of tested ballistic missiles by North Korea and South Korea. This especially applies to North Korea. However, overtures are being made towards South Korea by…

North Korea and South Korea in a possible inter-Korean summit: Japan on sidelines

North Korea and South Korea in a possible inter-Korean summit: Japan on sidelines Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Korean Peninsula recently witnessed the launch of tested ballistic missiles by North Korea and South Korea. This occurred within hours of each other. Henceforth, words of strength were spoken by President Moon Jae-in…

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,…

President Moon of South Korea cancels planned visit to Tokyo Olympics because of undiplomatic language

President Moon of South Korea cancels planned visit to Tokyo Olympics because of undiplomatic language Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The rude comment by Hirohisa Soma, the Deputy Ambassador of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea, aimed at President Moon Jae-in of South Korea scuppered his planned visit to the Tokyo…

Japan touts national security in a spat with South Korea after high-tech restrictions

Japan touts national security in a spat with South Korea after high-tech restrictions Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is issuing national security concerns in the latest spat with South Korea. While, in the opposite direction, South Korea once more is using historical war-time issues that need to…

China hints that Japan should focus on Dialogue towards North Korea: China and Russia

China hints that Japan should focus on Dialogue towards North Korea: China and Russia Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China and the Russian Federation are increasingly concerned by the bellicose rhetoric and actions of the leaders of the United States and North Korea. Equally, political elites in Beijing seek Japan to…

South Korea rightly provides Humanitarian Aid to the poor in North Korea: Japan is irked

South Korea rightly provides Humanitarian Aid to the poor in North Korea: Japan is irked Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The current leader of South Korea, President Moon Jae-in, is ignoring the advice of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan when it comes to humanitarian aid to North Korea. Moon, known…

North Korea is upping the ante via missile tests over Japan: China, Russia, and South Korea

North Korea is upping the ante via missile tests over Japan: China, Russia, and South Korea Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Northern Japan is now a growing part of North Korea’s missile tests and this reality, while nothing new in spits and spats, is now reaching a new scale under the…

President Donald Trump irks South Korea: Trade Deal, paying for THAAD, and Estrange Timing

President Donald Trump irks South Korea: Trade Deal, paying for THAAD, and Estrange Timing Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The administration of President Trump is following the path of Barack Obama based on contradictory statements and confusing goals in the field of international relations. Indeed, senior political and military leaders in…

South Korea’s Presidential Election: Implications for China

South Korea’s Presidential Election: Implications for China Publication: China Brief By: Darcie Draudt The Jamestown Foundation The South Korean presidency was scheduled to change hands later this year, but Park Geun-hye’s official removal from office in March 2017 has accelerated the turnover in leadership, with elections scheduled for May 9 (Joongang Daily, March 15). During…