The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis. Each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

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05 Apr 18
Ms Ice Sandwich by Kawakami Mieko

Ms Ice Sandwich by Kawakami Mieko

Review by Morgane Chinal-Dargent

Ms Ice Sandwich is a summer love story that segues neatly toward a comical (and at times tragic) coming of age tale and offers a fine societal critique of adulthood in our times.

04 Apr 18
The Great Wave

The Great Wave

Review by Poppy Cosyns

The play is based on the true story of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime in the 1970s and ‘80s. Despite the politically charged subject matter, the human relationships remain at the heart of the drama throughout.

20 Mar 18
Seventeen by Yokoyama Hideo

Seventeen by Yokoyama Hideo

Review by Christopher Hood

Original, dramatic and thought-provoking novel based on the JAL flight 123 crash in 1985. Yokoyama was a journalist at a local newspaper at the time and was one of those who went to the crash site.

Sennan Asbestos Disaster directed by Hara Kazuo

Sennan Asbestos Disaster directed by Hara Kazuo

Review by Roger Macy

In his latest documentary Japanese filmmaker Hara Kazuo follows a group of ex-workers during their eight-year struggle to get compensation from the government for their health problems caused by asbestos.

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