Nigeria oil blast kills at least 110 people

Nigeria oil blast kills at least 110 people Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times  A devastating oil explosion in southern Nigeria is known to have killed at least 110 people. The latest tragedy highlights the chaotic nature of Nigeria because Sunni Islamists slaughter people every year, ethnic massacres erupt at any moment, and…

America threatens Solomon Islands: Biden admin and Japan

America threatens Solomon Islands: Biden admin and Japan Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Solomon Islands is an independent nation. However, the behavior of America is extremely hostile and threatens consequences concerning strengthening ties between China and the Solomon Islands. Therefore, the same President Joe Biden administration that lambasted the Russian…

Anti-Russia Kishida and the usual grovel to America: China, Kurils, and amnesia

Anti-Russia Kishida and the usual grovel to America: China, Kurils, and amnesia Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The two constant themes of the first six months of the administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Japan are his endless anti-Russia statements and depressing economic results. However, despite the Yen reaching a…

Anti-Russia Kishida: Debt, nationalism, and Yen hits 20-year dollar low

Anti-Russia Kishida: Debt, nationalism, and Yen hits 20-year dollar low Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, is the most anti-Russian administration in living memory. Hence, the debt mountain never gets tackled – and the yen to dollar rate just hit a 20-year low…

Mali kills French-Tunisian GSIM terrorists after airstrikes

Mali kills French-Tunisian GSIM terrorists after airstrikes Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The armed forces of Mali claim to have killed several French-Tunisian Islamist terrorists in the forest environs of Ganguel. This concerns two airstrikes to flush out terrorists belonging to GSIM (the Group to Support Islam and Muslims). Henceforth, despite simmering…

Decades of LDP mismanagement in Japan: Mega debt to declining population

Decades of LDP mismanagement in Japan: Mega debt to declining population Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japan is blighted by over three decades of endless political mismanagement. This is down to the “political family chairs” of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Hence – over three squandered economic decades later concerning…

Japan art and flow of Europe: Fujishima Takeji

Japan art and flow of Europe: Fujishima Takeji Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Fujishima Takeji (1867-1943) fused various art themes to produce a plethora of exquisite art. Hence, the yoga (Western-style art) artworks by Fujishima naturally fuse impressionism and romanticism.  Fujishima also developed a deep respect for the Art Nouveau art movement. Thus he was…

Japan art and Tōshi Yoshida: Calm Before the US carpet-bombing storm

Japan art and Tōshi Yoshida: Calm Before the US carpet-bombing storm Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Tōshi Yoshida (1911-1995) was the son of a distinguished artist. His father, Hiroshi Yoshida, was deeply respected for his Shin-Hanga art. However, his son would eventually focus on the Sōsaku Hanga art movement.  Tōshi suffered…

U.S. and Japan in naval exercises near Korean Peninsula: Japan Nationalism

U.S. and Japan in naval exercises near Korean Peninsula: Japan Nationalism Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times America and Japan are holding naval exercises for the first time since 2017 concerning the environs of the Korean Peninsula. North Korea is bound to deem this negatively. However, despite North Korea being opposed: for America…

Somalia and millions face food insecurity

Somalia and millions face food insecurity Noriko Watanabe and Chika Mori Modern Tokyo Times The United Nations is warning that Somalia faces famine concerning the ongoing drought. Thus six million people face food insecurity in this country – of these six million, four million are blighted by the drought in certain regions of Somalia. Therefore,…

Japan art and Shiba Kōkan: Western-style artist of the Edo Period

Japan art and Shiba Kōkan: Western-style artist of the Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Shiba Kōkan (1747-1818) hails from Japan. However, despite Japan being relatively isolated throughout the Edo Period, Chinese culture still was potent concerning high culture and other important areas of society. Also, windows of Western culture had minor gaps…

Japan poetry and Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912): Pyotr Kropotkin 

Japan poetry and Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912): Pyotr Kropotkin  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese poet Takuboku Ishikawa died at a very young age from tuberculosis. He changed his earlier beliefs from naturalism to socialism in response to the environment he witnessed. Therefore, his idealism was still developing and adapting to the convulsions of the Meiji…

US seeks to bully India: Russia and New Democratic Order (EU and Japan)

US seeks to bully India: Russia and New Democratic Order (EU and Japan) Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The colonial-minded nations of the United States and the United Kingdom – similar to the European Union (EU) – seek to bully and coerce independent nations. Hence, from Hungary (EU) to India,…

Anti-Russia Kishida of Japan and Ukraine refugee stunt: Asian refugees?

Anti-Russia Kishida of Japan and Ukraine refugee stunt: Asian refugees? Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Millions of people in various parts of Asia are internally displaced. However, as usual, Japan isn’t known for providing them with full refugee status and eventual citizenship. Yet, anti-Russia Prime Minister Fumio Kishida – seeking to…

Japan poetry and Uejima Onitsura (1661-1738): Useless dreams, alas

Japan poetry and Uejima Onitsura (1661-1738): Useless dreams, alas Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese poet, Uejima Onitsura (1661-1738), hails from the prefecture of Hyogo. However, it was Osaka where this esteemed haiku poet became famous. In a lovely poem, he wrote: Useless dreams, alas! Over desolate fields winds whisper as they pass. From 8 years of age, Uejima impressed many…

Immigrant tensions in South Africa lay with the ANC 

Immigrant tensions in South Africa lay with the ANC  Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The African National Congress (ANC) continues to fail the poor of South Africa. From high unemployment, inadequate housing, and the endless stream of various ethnic African immigrant groups entering the nation. Therefore, recent tensions concerning undocumented immigrants are…

America claims national interests in military sales to Taiwan: China and Russia

America claims national interests in military sales to Taiwan: China and Russia Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Joe Biden of America can’t stop destabilizing and meddling in the national security of other nations. Thus every continent has been deemed the backyard of America. This is despite the shambles of the…

UK, US, Japan, and NATO supply arms and money for Ukraine to kill Russians: Would they like?

UK, US, Japan, and NATO supply arms and money for Ukraine to kill Russians: Would they like? Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Imagine if citizens and soldiers of NATO nations and Japan were being killed in a war whereby the pro-Russian Federation umbrella began to supply military arms and…

South Sudan and ethnic and political differences: Peace agreement

South Sudan and ethnic and political differences: Peace agreement Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times South Sudan (Republic of South Sudan) should have ushered in a period of peace for the embattled ethnic and religious groups who faced Arabization and Islamization concerning the policies of past Khartoum elites. However, while South Sudan has an…

Japan novelist and Haruo Umezaki: Sakurajima and nationalism under PM Kishida

Japan novelist and Haruo Umezaki: Sakurajima and nationalism under PM Kishida Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese novelist Haruo Umezaki (1915-1965) belongs to the Taisho (1912-1926) and the Showa (1926-1989) periods of Japanese history. However, like his war novella titled Sakurajima, it is the Meiji Period (1868-1912) that shaped Japan and set off future convulsions.…