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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.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Films & Series

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Jonathan Man, Performed at the Southwark Playhouse, 19 February 2009 Review by Susan Meehan

Japanese for Everyone: A Functional Approach to Daily Communication

Books

Japanese for Everyone: A Functional Approach to Daily Communication

By Susumu Nagara Japan Publications Trading Company, 2008, 383 pages Paperback £22.99. ISBN-13: 978-4889962345 Review by Roberta Ignirri

The Business, Life and Letters of Frederick Cornes

Books

The Business, Life and Letters of Frederick Cornes

The Business, Life and Letters of Frederick Cornes: Aspects of the Evolution of Commerce in Modern Japan,1861-1910 By Peter N. Davies Global Oriental, 2008, 514 pages including index and appendices, plus a CD of the letters, Hardback £75. ISBN 978-1-905246. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains with the Tokyo Riot Police

Books

Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains with the Tokyo Riot Police

By Robert Twigger Phoenix Publications, 1999, 320 pages. Hardback £7.99. ISBN: 9780753808580 Review by William Farr

Cape No. 7

Films & Series

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 & Series

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