Shintaro Ishihara (1932-2022)

I woke up to the new this morning (1 February 2022) that Shintaro Ishihara had died. Ishihara is probably best known as being a member of the LDP, Governor of Tokyo (1999 to 2012), and author of the book “The Japan That Can Say ‘No’”. He had also been a novelist before going into politics…

Yasuhiro Nakasone

Yasuhiro Nakasone (中曾根康弘) has already been mentioned in a couple of posts, but today, on what would have been his 102nd birthday, I thought I would pull together some additional thoughts. Back in 1993, while on the JET Programme, when I decided to become an academic and start on a PhD, I had no idea…

The Politics of Modern Japan

I am the editor of the 4 volume collection The Politics of Modern Japan. Whilst it is acknowledged that Japanese politics is important, outside of Japan, it is largely ignored by the media and overlooked by academics. Owing to the changing nature of Japan and its role within the world, more needs to be known…

Japanese Education Reform: Nakasone’s Legacy

I have conducted research on Yasuhiro Nakasone and education reform in Japan. This research was the theme of my doctoral research which I started in 1994 and completed in 1998, and was published in 2001 (Japanese Education Reform: Nakasone’s Legacy – London: Routledge). I have also conducted some research about Shintaro Ishihara and nationalism in…