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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.

Chronicles of My Life, An American in the Heart of Japan

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Chronicles of My Life, An American in the Heart of Japan

By Donald Keene Columbia University Press,New York, 2008, 208 pages, including photographs and list of names of Japanese mentioned in the text. Hardback £16.50. ISBN 13: 978-0231144407 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Jitsuroku Koizumi Gaiko (Records of Koizumi Diplomacy)

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Jitsuroku Koizumi Gaiko (Records of Koizumi Diplomacy)

By Isao Iijima Nihon Keizai Shimbun Shuppansha, 2007,343 pages. Hardback ¥1,890. ISBN -13: 978-4532352714 Review by Fumiko Halloran

Japanese Diplomacy in the 1950s: From Isolation to Integration

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Japanese Diplomacy in the 1950s: From Isolation to Integration

Edited by Iokibe Makoto, Caroline Rose, Tomaru Junko, and John Weste Routledge, 2007, 215 pages including index and notes. Hardback £75.00. ISBN13: 978-0415372961 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

The 1940 Tokyo Games: The Missing Olympics – Japan, the Asian Olympics and the Olympic Movement

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The 1940 Tokyo Games: The Missing Olympics – Japan, the Asian Olympics and the Olympic Movement

By Sandra Collins Routledge, London and New York, 2007, 198 pages. Hard Back £65.00. ISBN-13: 978-0415373173 Review by Ben-Ami Shillony

Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade

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Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade

By Bill Emmott Allen Lane, London, 2008, 314 pages including notes and index. ISBN -13: 978-1-846-14009-9, price hardback £20. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Designing and Creating Japanese Gardens

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Designing and Creating Japanese Gardens

By Penny Underwood The Crowood Press, 2005, 192 pages, including bibliography and index. Hardback £25. ISBN 13: 978 – 186126 7832 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Netto Senso (The Net War)

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Netto Senso (The Net War)

By Izumi Harada and Yasuhide Yamanouchi NTT Publications,2007, 285 pages, including notes and index. Hardback ¥3,360. ISBN -13:978-47571-0223-1 Review by Takahiro Miyao

Japan’s Imperial Forest, Goryōrin, 1889-1945

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Japan’s Imperial Forest, Goryōrin, 1889-1945

Japan’s Imperial Forest, Goryōrin, 1889-1945: With a supporting study of the Kan/Min division of woodland in early Meiji Japan, 1871-76) By Conrad Totman Global Oriental, 2007, 184 pages, including index and bibliography. Hardback £50.00. ISBN – 13: 978-1905246304 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Death of a Salaryman

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Death of a Salaryman

By Fiona Campbell Chatto and Windus, 2007, 320 pages. Paperback £7.99. ISBN 13: 978-0099503699 Review by Anna Davis

Minka, My Farmhouse in Japan

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Minka, My Farmhouse in Japan

By John Roderick Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2008, 255 pages, many black and white illustrations.Hardback £14.99. ISBN – 13: 978-1-56898-731-6 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi