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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.

Issue 37 (February 2012, Volume 7, Number 1)

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Issue 37 (February 2012, Volume 7, Number 1)

In this issue we focus on crime and the legal system in Japan.

Issue 36 (December 2011, Volume 6, Number 6)

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Issue 36 (December 2011, Volume 6, Number 6)

In this issue we focus on pioneers and adventurers who opened Japan up to the wider world. Susan Meehan kicks off with a gripping new work by Roger Pulvers on Lafcadio Hearn, the great Japan chronicler of the 1890s who captured the essence of traditional Japan before it morphed into its modern form. Michael Sullivan looks at Giles Milton’s Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan which charts the life of the first Englishman to learn about and live in Japan.

Issue 35 (October 2011, Volume 6, Number 5)

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Issue 35 (October 2011, Volume 6, Number 5)

In this issue we delve into the murky world of Japanese politics focusing on one of the pivotal contemporary figures in the nation’s ever changing political landscape, Ichiro Ozawa. In four reviews, we look at Ozawa’s astonishing career and driving philosophy. Moving away from political machinations, Susan Meehan examines a disturbing and grim movie about the underside of the Japanese police.

Issue 34 (August 2011, Volume 6, Number 4)

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Issue 34 (August 2011, Volume 6, Number 4)

In this issue we explore Japan’s involvement in Manchuria with four reviews looking at books covering different aspects of this period and its bitter aftermath. Fumiko Halloran looks at a book on the plight of Japanese prisoners of war who were captured by the Soviets in Manchuria. Moving away from Manchuria, Susan Meehan [...]

Issue 33 (June 2011, Volume 6, Number 3)

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Issue 33 (June 2011, Volume 6, Number 3)

In this issue we focus on Japanese religious thought, philosophy and ideology, covering Japan’s two main religions (Buddhism and Shinto) as well as Christianity and some lesser known ideologies. Sir Hugh Cortazzi examines the ideology surrounding the tea ceremony which is explored by Tim Cross in a thought-provoking new study. Ben-Ami Shillony [...]

Issue 32 (April 2011, Volume 6, Number 2)

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Issue 32 (April 2011, Volume 6, Number 2)

In this issue we focus on contemporary themes with books exploring whaling, Japanese houses and the 11 March 2011 earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear accident. Our first review looks at the conundrum of Japanese whaling, a topic often in the international media. Sir Hugh Cortazzi looks at Inge Daniels visually stunning and excellently [...]

Issue 31 (February 2011, Volume 6, Number 1)

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Issue 31 (February 2011, Volume 6, Number 1)

In our first issue of 2011 we focus on various aspects of Japanese militarism in the past century with some really stimulating articles. Our first review, The Japanese in War and Peace 1942-48, provides some fascinating insights into some of the most turbulent years in the country’s history. We next look at Japanese militarism through the [...]

Issue 30 (December 2010, Volume 5, Number 6)

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Issue 30 (December 2010, Volume 5, Number 6)

In this issue we focus on contemporary Japanese themes with reviews examining the current state of gender equality, politics, social issues, foreign policy and modern architecture. We also have a retrospective report on the exhibition of prehistoric Japanese miniature clay figurines held at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich during the [...]

Issue 29 (October 2010, Volume 5, Number 5)

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Issue 29 (October 2010, Volume 5, Number 5)

The theme of this issue is biographies and memoirs, offering a fest of fascinating new books looking at a host of extraordinary Japan-related lives. Our first review is of Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits VII which is another superb volume in the acclaimed Biographical Portraits series that profiles people who have contributed to enhancing Anglo- Japanese relations.Our second book, Private Yokoi’s War and Life on Guam [...]

Issue 28 (August 2010, Volume 5, Number 4)

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Issue 28 (August 2010, Volume 5, Number 4)

As life in both Japan and the UK takes on a more relaxing summer tempo, we offer you a simulating selection of books to enjoy during the warm August nights. Elizabeth Ingrams explores Lesley Downer’s gripping new historical novel The Courtesan and the Samurai. Staying in the same period, Sir Hugh Cortazzi guides us through the Art of Edo Japan, the Artist and [...]