Mad in Japan: Only Joking?


I am not sure whether to be shocked by the article ‘Mad in Japan’ by AA Gill (Sunday Times Magazine, 9 September 2001) or not. There are many things to consider when contemplating this. In writing this article, I hope to show how people such as myself who lecture in Japanese Studies in the UK have to deal with these kinds of articles.

‘Mad in Japan: Only Joking?’ in Kondo K (ed.) Yuganda Kagami-ni Utsutta Nihon – Japan Reflected in a Cracked Mirror, Tokyo: GNAC (2005), ISBN 4-9902856-0-3, pp250—8 (Japanese translation ‘Hon no Jōdan desuyo!‘ also in same book on pages 113-20).
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