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.
BooksOkamoto Yukio: Genba Shugi o Tsuranuita Gaikokan
Okamoto Yukio: Genba Shugi o Tsuranuita Gaikokan [岡本行夫 現場主義を貫いた外交官], (Okamoto Yukio: A Diplomat Always in the Field). By Makoto Iokibe [五百旗頭真], Motoshige Ito [伊藤 元重] and Katsuyuki Yakushiji [薬師寺 克行]. Asahi Shimbun Publishing, 2008, 347 pages, ISBN-13: 978-4022504791, 2000 yen. Review by Fumiko Halloran.
BooksSeiken Kotai – Kono Kuni o Kaeru [政権交代―この国を変える] (Change of Political Power – To Change This Country)
By Katsuya Okada, Kodansha, June, 2008, 253 pages, 1500 yen. Review by Fumiko Halloran.
BooksMinshuto Kaibo and Minshuto No Yami
Minshuto Kaibo [民主党解剖] (Anatomy of the Democratic Party of Japan) & Minshuto No Yami [民主党の闇] (The Democratic Party of Japan in Darkness) Minshuto Kaibo, by Sankei Shimbun Political News Division, Sankei Shimbun-sha No Hon, July 2009, 228 pages, 1300 yen Minshuto No Yami, by Keisuke Udagawa, Seiko Shobo, July 2009, 253 pages, 1575 yen Reviews by Fumiko Halloran
BooksHatoyama Yukio to Hatoyama-ke Yondai
Hatoyama Yukio to Hatoyama-ke Yondai, [鳩山由紀夫と鳩山家四代] (Yukio Hatoyama and the Four Generation Hatoyama Family) By Seiho Mori, Chuko Shinsho La Clef, September, 2009, 186 pages, 720 yen Review by Fumiko Halloran
BooksJapanese Society at War: Death, Memory and the Russo-Japanese War
By Naoko Shimazu Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare (No. 28), Birkbeck College, University of London, 2009, 354 pages, ISBN-13: 9780521859349 Review by Peter Gysin
BooksContested Governance In Japan: Sites and Issues
Edited by Glenn D Hook Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies/RoutledgeCurzon Series, Abingdon,2005, 288 pages, 978-0-415-36419-5 Review by Roger Buckley
BooksMental Health Challenges Facing Contemporary Japanese Society – The ‘Lonely People’
By Yuko Kawanishi Global Oriental, 2009, 175 pages including index and bibliography, ISBN 978-1-906876-00-5, £30 Reviews by Sir Hugh Cortazzi & Sandra Lawman
BooksUltimate Crush: Waseda University Rugby, Leadership and Building the Strongest Winning Team in Japan
By Katsuyuki Kiyomiya, Translated by Ian Ruxton North Carolina: Lulu Press, 2006, 150 pages Review by Ian Nish
BooksKigyō Ketsugou Housei no Shōraizou (企業結合法制の将来像), The Future of Corporate Groups Law
By Eiji Takahashi (高 橋 英 治) Chuokeizaisha, Tokyo, 2008, 312 pages, ISBN978-4-502-96390-2 Review by Manabu Matsunaka
BooksShowa Japan: The Post-War Golden Age and Its Troubled Legacy
By Hans Brinckman Tuttle, Tokyo and Singapore, 2008, 212 pages including index, glossary and plate section, ISBN-13:978-4-8053-1002-1 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi