About Me

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 served as its President for six years (2016-2022).

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 LegacyShinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern JapanDealing With Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 CrashOsutaka: 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 JapanTokyo 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.

Click here for more information about my novels.

You can continue to support this site and my various activities by either buying via my Ko-fi site, getting one of my books, or merely by encouraging more people to engage with the site.

Contact Details

Work address:
66a Park Place
CF10 3AS
United Kingdom

Work telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4515
E-mail: HoodCP@Outlook.comX, or HoodCP@Cardiff.ac.ukX (Please remove the final letter ‘X’ before sending your email – this has been added to prevent spam systems email automatically taking the email address from this page)
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    1. HoodCP says:

      Thanks for the comments. It’s a free design – Dyad 2.


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      I don’t get much spam at all – WordPress manages to deal with almost all of it by itself.


  3. Dennis J O'Brien says:

    Enjoyed looking at your website. I first visited Japan in 1970 to see Expo ’70 in Osaka, flying there on a JAL 747 and returning on a Pan Am 747. I came back to Japan in 1983 after leading a U.S. Congressional Delegation to Taiwan. The JAL 123 tragedy is heart-breaking in that it was one of the very few times passengers had the ability to write farewell notes. Sadly, a China Airlines 747 had a similar crash after a faulty repair job. A passenger on the BOAC 707 that crashed near Mt. Fuji in 1966 was from my hometown of Milton, Massachusetts. My wife and I took a BA 747 from Washington to London in 2018 to attend the wedding of my British godson, and it is sad that many airlines are phasing out the 747 and even the Airbus A380.


    1. HoodCP says:

      Thanks for the comments.


      1. Dennis J O'Brien says:

        Congratulations on your superb work and understanding of Japanese culture. I wanted to ask in my previous email if you ever had the pleasure of visiting the famous Fujiya Hotel in Miyanoshita close to Mt. Fuji? I stayed there twice. It was one of the first hotels built in Japan to cater to foreign tourists and some rooms have high ceilings. John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed there. Even the Emperor and Empress of Japan stayed in its best suite. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were there before he became President. The architectural style is fascinating.


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