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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.

Dodo Taru Seiji, (Politics with Dignity)

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Dodo Taru Seiji, (Politics with Dignity)

By Kaoru Yosano Shincho Shinsho, April 2008, 190 pages. Price: ¥680. ISBN-13: 978 – 4106102578 Review by Fumiko Halloran

Escape from Impasse: The Decision to Open Japan

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Escape from Impasse: The Decision to Open Japan

By Mitani Hiroshi, translated by David Noble I-House Press, 2006, 356 pages including notes and index, ISBN 978-4-903452-06-7, 3000 Yen Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Kokuryoku Kaigi

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Kokuryoku Kaigi

Kokuryoku Kaigi (Conference on National Power: Group Discussion with Kaoru Yosano, Takeo Hiranuma, Taro Aso & Shigeru Ishiba) By Kazuyuki Hamada Shodensha, May 2008, 240 pages. Hardback ¥1600. ISBN-13: 978-4396613075 Reviews by Fumiko Halloran

Intellectual Property and the New Japanese Global Economy

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Intellectual Property and the New Japanese Global Economy

By Ruth Taplin Routledge, 2009, 196 pages. Hardback, £35.00. ISBN 13: 978-0-415-46597-7 Review by Sean Curtin

New Zen: the tea-ceremony room in modern Japanese architecture

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New Zen: the tea-ceremony room in modern Japanese architecture

By Michael Freeman Eightbooks Ltd, 2007, 240 pages. Hardback, £35.00. ISBN 13: 978-0-9554322-0-0 Review by Suzanne Perrin

Origami for Children: 35 Easy-To-Follow Step-By-Step Projects

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Origami for Children: 35 Easy-To-Follow Step-By-Step Projects

By Mari Ono and Roshin Ono Cico books , 2008, 128 pages. Hardback, £14.99. ISBN 13: 978-1906094386 Review by Anna Davis

Tokyo Sonata

Films

Tokyo Sonata

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa As a result of company streamlining and outsourcing to China, Ryuhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) loses his well-paid job. Pride prevents him from confiding in his wife or two sons, so Ryuhei carries on the pretence of commuting to work. Review by Susan Meehan

Fine, Totally Fine

Films

Fine, Totally Fine

Directed by Yosuke Fujita “Fine, Totally, Fine” is a brilliantly subtle comedy which centres upon a quirky bunch of eccentric characters, the likes of which many UK viewers won’t have seen in a Japanese film before. Reviews by Simon Cotterill and Susan Meehan

After School

Films

After School

Directed by Kenji Uchida After School starts off by introducing us to Kimura (Masato Sakai) and Miki (Takako Tokiwa), childhood sweethearts, and their good friend and neighbour, Jinno(Yo Oizumi), a former classmate and now a teacher at their alma mater. Review by Susan Meehan

Totetsu Mo Nai Nippon (Extraordinary Japan)

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Totetsu Mo Nai Nippon (Extraordinary Japan)

By Taro Aso Shincho Shinsho, June 2007, 190 pages. Price: ¥ 680. ISBN-13: 978 – 4106102172 Review by Fumiko Halloran