Flash floods kill many in Indonesia and Timor Leste

Flash floods kill many in Indonesia and Timor Leste Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times Flash flooding is known to have killed at least 50 people in Indonesia and Timor Leste (East Timor). The severity of the situation and threat to livestock means the final death toll is likely to be higher. Landslides,…

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to resign

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to resign Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to announce his resignation later today because of ill health. Speculation had already emerged before his two recent visits to the hospital that he wasn’t well. Therefore, with past health issues leading to…

Japanese contemporary art and stunning trees

Japanese contemporary art and stunning trees Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi focuses on various art themes related to European and Japanese art. In this article, the focus is on five delightful trees that highlight the beauty of nature. Each setting is different and the same relates to the…

Hungary praises cooperation in Central Europe: Visegrad and reaching out

Hungary praises cooperation in Central Europe: Visegrad and reaching out Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The Prime Minister of Hungary praised regional cooperation throughout Central Europe. At the same time, Viktor Orbán expressed his hope in furthering ties to a greater level with Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia. Hungary is in the…

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…

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…