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The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a quartely 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.

Mental Health Care in Japan

Books

Mental Health Care in Japan

Edited by Ruth Taplin and Sandra J. Lawman This impressive multi-authored work comprehensively examines the current state of the mental health system in Japan. It furnishes an excellent overview of [...] Review by Sean Curtin

Eclair: Okashi Hourouki

Films & Series

Eclair: Okashi Hourouki

Directed by Akio Kondo The film is based on the autobiographical book written by Shigeru Nishimura in 1975, telling the story of an orphaned boy sent to [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

Kaidan Horror Classics [妖しき文豪怪談]

Events

Kaidan Horror Classics [妖しき文豪怪談]

By Shinya Tsukamoto; Sang-il Lee; Hirokazu Kore-eda. This year, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is showing (among others) three films of the ‘Kaidan Horror Classics.’ All three are based on [...] Review by Lucy Searles

Japan Society Review writer Mike Sullivan wins the prestigious JFTC Essay Competition 2012

Events

Japan Society Review writer Mike Sullivan wins the prestigious JFTC Essay Competition 2012

We are proud to announce that Japan Society Review writer Mike Sullivan has won the prestigious Japan Foreign Trade Council Essay Competition 2012 with his article “Strategies for a Depopulating Japan ” A British Model and a Japanese Legacy. By Mike Sullivan

SIRO-A

Theatre & Stage

SIRO-A

SIRO-A are a six member group originally from Sendai. Their unusual performance can only be described as an amazing blend of dance, music and technology, as the boundaries between [...] Review by Michael Sullivan

Maritime Strategy and National Security in Japan and Britain, From the First Alliance to Post -9/11

Books

Maritime Strategy and National Security in Japan and Britain, From the First Alliance to Post -9/11

Edited by Alessio Patalano This book arises from a conference held in London in 2009 organized by the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London and the Japanese Embassy. ‘This project represents [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change Since the 1980s

Books

Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change Since the 1980s

By Jeff Kingston In this book Professor Kingston looks at the risks and challenges facing Japan in the twenty-first century. He draws particular attention to Japan’s “demographic time bomb” and [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

A History of Japanese Political Thought, 1600-1901

Books

A History of Japanese Political Thought, 1600-1901

By Watanabe Hiroshi Students of Japanese history, philosophy and politics will find this book of outstanding value. It is clear, well-constructed and informative. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Tales of Tono

Books

Tales of Tono

By Daido Moriyama Published to coincide with a joint Daido Moriyama + William Klein photo retrospective at the Tate Modern art gallery in London, this is the first time Tales of Tono has [...] Review by Timothy Holm

Aesthetic Strategies of the Floating World

Books

Aesthetic Strategies of the Floating World

By Alfred Haft Alfred Haft works at the British Museum as a project curator. This book is based on his Ph.D thesis and inevitably is more likely to be of interest to the specialist art historian than [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi