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19 Jan 18
The History Problem. The Politics of War Commemoration in East Asia by Saito Hiro

The History Problem. The Politics of War Commemoration in East Asia by Saito Hiro

Review by Andrew Levidis

The History Problem is a rich and penetrating study of the vociferous debates and interactions among political parties and social movements of the right and left, over how to memorialize the Second World War and its legacies in post-imperial Japanese society.

27 Oct 17
Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry

Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry

Review by Sir David Warren

This book is an account of the tragedy of the 3.11, told through the personal testimony of the survivors and also a meditation on its wider meaning.

09 Oct 17
ANJIN-The Life & Times of Samurai William Adams, 1564-1620 by Hiromi T. Rogers

ANJIN-The Life & Times of Samurai William Adams, 1564-1620 by Hiromi T. Rogers

Review by Nicolas Maclean

In this book, Hiromi T. Rogers reveals a far more detailed and complex picture of Adams as a man and of the turbulent times he lived in.

04 Sep 17
A. B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State: Letters Home by Robert Morton

A. B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State: Letters Home by Robert Morton

Review by Sir David Warren

Robert Morton’s excellent and readable biography gives a sympathetic portrait of A.B. Mitford, one of the earliest British diplomats in Japan.

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