I am an academic and author based at Cardiff University. My research interests primarily relate to Japan and fall into two areas. First, I am particularly interested in themes relating to memorialisation, identity and symbolism. Second, I am interested in issues relating to the railways and aviation in Japan.
Having become interested in Japan while I was at Concord College, I went on to study Japanese Studies and Business Studies at the School of East Asian Studies (University of Sheffield). Then, after a year on the JET Programme, I returned to Sheffield to do a PhD. Since 2000 I have been at Cardiff University, where I am a Reader in Japanese Studies. From 1999 to 2009 I was also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. I am a member of the British Association for Japanese Studies, and have served as its President since 2016.
In 2016 I received a Certificate of Commendation from the Ambassador of Japan in the UK in recognition of distinguished service to contributing to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and UK.
I am the author of five academic books; Education Reform in Japan: Nakasone’s Legacy, Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan, Dealing With Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash, Osutaka: A Chronicle of Loss in the World’s Largest Single Plane Crash, and Japan: The Basics. I have edited two other titles; Doing Business with the Japanese (co-editor with Prof G. Bownas and D. Powers) and the 4 volume The Politics of Modern Japan. I have also written three novels, Hijacking Japan, Tokyo 20/20 Vision and FOUR.
Click here for more information about my research, here for details about selected research publications, here for a list of publications, here for a list of presentations that I have given, here for information about photographs in my research, and here for details about my media experience (both interviews with newspapers and also appearances in documentaries).
You can also find out more about me and my research through podcasts detailed in the following posts, Interview for Voices in Japanese Studies Podcast, Interview for the Compounding Curiosity Podcast, Interview for the British Association for Japanese Studies Podcast, and Fandomentals Podcast – Talking about Japanese Baseball and Culture.
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