Janet Hunter took her BSc at the University of Sheffield and her DPhil. at Oxford University. She has taught at the London School of Economics since 1984, and is now Saji Emeritus Professor of Economic History.
She has published widely on the development of the female labour market in Japan, the history of Anglo-Japanese economic relations and the development of communications. Her books include History of Anglo-Japanese Relations, 1600-2000, vol.4, Economic and Business Relations (jointly edited with S. Sugiyama, Palgrave, 2002); Women and the Labour Market in Industrialising Japan: the Textile Industry before the Pacific War (Routledge, 2003); The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan since 1850 (jointly edited with Penelope Francks, Palgrave, 2012).
She is currently working on attitudes to commercial morality in late 19th to early 20th century Japan, and a monograph on the economic impact of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Her paper ‘“Extreme Confusion and Disorder”? The Japanese Economy in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923’ appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies in 2014. She has served as President of the British Association for Japanese Studies, and serves as co-editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies.
She has been an academic member of the Council (governing body) of LSE, and is a trustee of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. She received the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government in 2014.