Russia and Germany: Putin and Scholz in productive meeting over Ukraine

Russia and Germany: Putin and Scholz in productive meeting over Ukraine Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany held a productive meeting. Scholz – after recent visits to America, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation – showed great statecraft. He achieved this despite the difficult…

Japan new daily high for Covid-19 deaths

Japan new daily high for Covid-19 deaths Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The highest daily death toll from the coronavirus (Covid-19) occurred yesterday in Japan. At the same time, well over half a million people are recuperating at home despite Japan closing its border to foreign nationals. Therefore, the highest record of…

Growing poverty in Japan and social divisions: Covid convulsions

Growing poverty in Japan and social divisions: Covid convulsions Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis internationally is unleashing increased poverty. Hence, while government intervention in countless nations has boosted the financial markets – thus increasing rich pickings for millionaires and billionaires alike – the poorest in society…

The US humiliates Germany by dictating its energy policy: Japan understands

The US humiliates Germany by dictating its energy policy: Japan understands Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The United States under President Joe Biden is once more confirming how this nation views other nations. Hence, astonishingly, Biden said that Nord Stream 2 – a pivotal gas pipeline for Germany – will have “no…

Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara dies: Economics, nationalism, and legacy

Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara dies: Economics, nationalism, and legacy Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The former Tokyo Governor, Shintaro Ishihara, passed away today aged 89. Concerning the economy of Tokyo and the environment, his legacy is extremely positive. Hence, Tokyo under his leadership became an economic powerhouse that broke…

Tokyo and other regions set for quasi Covid-19 measures

Tokyo and other regions set for quasi Covid-19 measures Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Fumio Kishida looks set to introduce a quasi-State of Emergency in Tokyo and ten other prefectures throughout Japan. Hiroshima, Okinawa, and Yamaguchi are already under similar measures. Therefore, this will bring 14 of the 47 prefectures…

China and Russia to increase military drills in Northeast Asia: Japan geopolitics

China and Russia to increase military drills in Northeast Asia: Japan geopolitics Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Russian Federation will take part in military drills with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members for the first time in early December. At the same time, the Russian Federation and China will…

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…

Japan election result: Clear mandate for PM Kishida

Japan election result: Clear mandate for PM Kishida Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Liberal Democratic Party (LPD) was fearing its strongest opposition challenge since 2009. However, despite having three leaders of the ruling LDP in the last 13 months, the party won the endorsement of the Japanese electorate…

Tokyo Olympic Committee shamelessly plugs the Olympics on March 11: Earthquake and tsunami

Tokyo Olympic Committee shamelessly plugs the Olympics on March 11: Earthquake and tsunami Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The tenth anniversary of the brutal Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, took place today. However, the President of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, Seiko Hashimoto, shamelessly sought to exploit this tragic…

Rinpa art and freestyle: Nineteenth-century Japanese artist

Rinpa art and freestyle: Nineteenth-century Japanese artist Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The life of Ikeda Koson (1803-1868) is difficult to put together because many areas remain unknown. Yet, he was blessed to study under the renowned Sakai Hôitsu (1761-1828). Hôitsu firmly belonged to a very different Japan that was steeped by the traditions…