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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.

Cape No. 7

Films

Cape No. 7

Directed by Wei Te-Sheng The story features Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule, Japan’s surrender in World War II in 1945, a Japanese school teacher’s love for a Taiwanese girl, and his departure from Taiwan. Review by Fumiko Halloran

Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers

Films

Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers

Directed by Satoshi Miki Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers is an off-beat, urbane comic gem, about loneliness, normality, friendship, and spies, with a magnificent, low-key performance by Juri Ueno, which makes that all somehow work wonderfully. Review by Simon Cotterill

Kyushu, Gateway to Japan: A Concise History

Books

Kyushu, Gateway to Japan: A Concise History

By Andrew Cobbing Global Oriental, 2009, 240 pages. Hardback, £55.00. ISBN-13: 978-1905246182. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Britain and the ‘Re-opening’ of Japan: The Treaty of Yedo of 1858 and the Elgin Mission

Books

Britain and the ‘Re-opening’ of Japan: The Treaty of Yedo of 1858 and the Elgin Mission

By Sir Hugh Cortazzi The Japan Society, 2008 ISBN 978-0-9559977-0-9, pp91 – Illus. The Treaty of Yedo, signed by Lord Elgin and the representatives of the Tokugawa shogunate, stands as one of the hallmarks of the long relationship between Japan and Britain. Occurring at a time of great diplomatic and economic dynamism, the treaty presented […]

Outsourcing and Human Resource Management: an International Survey

Books

Outsourcing and Human Resource Management: an International Survey

Edited by Ruth Taplin Routledge, September 2007, 244 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0415428910. Hardback £75 Review by James Brewer

Myanmar – Ushinawareru Ajia No Furusato (Myanmar – Missing Homeland in Asia)

Books

Myanmar – Ushinawareru Ajia No Furusato (Myanmar – Missing Homeland in Asia)

By Asa Nonami Bungei Shunju, June 2008, 206 pages. ISBN 13: 978-4163701400. Paperback ¥1400 Review by Mikihiro Maeda

Sir Ernest Satow’s Private Letters to W.G. Aston and F.V.Dickins

Books

Sir Ernest Satow’s Private Letters to W.G. Aston and F.V.Dickins

Sir Ernest Satow’s Private Letters to W.G. Aston and F.V.Dickins: The Correspondence of a Pioneer Japanologist from 1870-1918 Edited by Ian Ruxton with an introduction by Peter Kornicki Lulu Press inc, 2007, 321 pages including index. ISBN-13: 978-1435710009. £25.50 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Kokubo (National Defence)

Books

Kokubo (National Defence)

By Shigeru Ishiba Shinchosha, January 2005, 254 pages, ¥ 1300. ISBN-13: 978 – 4104737017 Review by Fumiko Halloran

Joshi No Honkai, (A Woman’s Great Satisfaction)

Books

Joshi No Honkai, (A Woman’s Great Satisfaction)

By Yuriko Koike Bunshun Shinsho, 2007. Price: ¥ 750. ISBN-13: 978 – 4166606023 Review by Fumiko Halloran

Seiji Bushido (Samurai Ways of Politics)

Books

Seiji Bushido (Samurai Ways of Politics)

By Takeo Hiranuma PHP, June 2007, 240 pages. Price: ¥ 1400. ISBN-13: 978 – 4569693064 Review by Fumiko Halloran