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The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis, both online and printed (members are entitled to receive a copy by post). Since the starting of the publication in 2006, each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions, tv series and exhibitions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

The Japan Society Review is possible thanks to the work of volunteers who dedicated their time and expertise to help us to promote the learning and understanding of Japanese culture and society.

Rapid Changes in Diplomacy

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Rapid Changes in Diplomacy

By Shunji Yanai Born in 1937 in Tokyo into a diplomatic family, Yanai spent his childhood in pre-war Germany, Switzerland, and Colombia, where his family was held with other Japanese as prisoners of war after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor [...] Review by Fumiko Halloran

Living Japan, Essays on Everyday Life in Contemporary Society

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Living Japan, Essays on Everyday Life in Contemporary Society

Edited by Harumi Kimura Global Oriental, 2009 pages 251 including index, ISBN 978-1-905246-86-1. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi. The seventy short essays in this book deal with aspects of the everyday life of ordinary Japanese people. Even those of us who have lived in Japan for a few years will find in this book some […]

Unearthed exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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Unearthed exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

University of East Anglia, Norwich, 22 June to 29 August 2010 Review by Susan Meehan. The ‘unearthed’ exhibition, held at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich during the summer of 2010, elicited far more questions than it answered, making for an extraordinarily thought-provoking and rewarding experience. At its heart was a collection of […]

International Architecture in Interwar Japan, Constructing Kokusia Kenchiku

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International Architecture in Interwar Japan, Constructing Kokusia Kenchiku

Ken Tadashi Oshima 320 pp., 220 illustrations, notes, glossary, bibliography and index ISBN 978-0-298944-0, University of Washington Press, 2010 £46. Professor Oshima, the author of this book, is associate professor of architecture at the University of Washington and was a research fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in […]

New Architecture in Japan

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New Architecture in Japan

By Yuki Sumner This survey of new architecture in Japan was introduced at a launching party at Daiwa House on 24 March 2011 with talks by Yuki and Edmund Sumner. The book features buildings by well known Japanese architects such as [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Japanese Prints, Ukiyo-e in Edo, 1700-1900

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Japanese Prints, Ukiyo-e in Edo, 1700-1900

Ellis Tinios British Museum Press, 2010 143 pages including index numerous illustrations in colour ISBN 978-0-7141-2453-7, £14.99. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi The British Museum has an outstanding collection of Japanese prints (ukiyo-e). This book draws on the Museum’s extensive holdings and is an introduction to the Japanese prints in the Museum. In choosing the […]

Koizumi and Japanese Politics: Reform Strategies and Leadership Style, By Yu Uchiyama (内山 融)

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Koizumi and Japanese Politics: Reform Strategies and Leadership Style, By Yu Uchiyama (内山 融)

Translated by Carl Freire Routledge, 2010 214 pages, ISBN: 978-0-415-55688-0 (Hardback), £75.00 Review by Sean Curtin In this impressive study Yu Uchiyama meticulously dissects the highly successful and by Japanese standards long lived administration of Junichiro Koizumi (26 April 2001 – 26 September 2006). Since stepping down from office, no Japanese prime minister has lasted […]

Koizumi and Japanese Politics: Reform Strategies and Leadership Style, By Yu Uchiyama (内山 融)

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Koizumi and Japanese Politics: Reform Strategies and Leadership Style, By Yu Uchiyama (内山 融)

By Yu Uchiyama In this impressive study Yu Uchiyama meticulously dissects the highly successful and by Japanese standards long lived administration of Junichiro Koizumi (26 April 2001 – 26 September 2006). Since stepping down [...]

So Lovely A Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers, by Donald Keene

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So Lovely A Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers, by Donald Keene

So Lovely A Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers, by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press, 2010, 216 pages including index, ISBN 978-0-231-15146-7. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi.

The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono

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The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono

Dr A.M. Kanter’s Collection Laura Bordignon Antique Collectors’ Club pages 302 coplously illustrated with colour plates ISBN 978-1-85149-609-9 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi Laura Bordignon is an antique dealer who has developed a close interest in the arts and crafts of the Meiji era. Dr Kanter has collected many fine pieces of ivory carvings made […]