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…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Takasaki

I have already done a few posts about taking photos of the shinkansen and my previous post was about Urasa on the Joetsu Shinkansen. This post is about photographing the shinkansen at another station on the Joetsu Shinkansen, Takasaki (高崎) – together with discussion about why I have been to Takasaki so many times over…

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…

US-Japan Summit Memorial and Hinode Sansō

Further to my post on Reflections on writing Tokyo 20/20 Vision which touched upon visiting the US-Japan Summit Memorial and Hinode Sansō, I am writing about them in a bit more detail. Although I could deal with them in separate posts, as I visited them on the same day and they relate to a particular…

Reflections on writing Tokyo 20/20 Vision

This is, apparently, my 100th blog post. After writing about my busiest research trip, I thought this time I would write a bit about how some of my research has come into my novel writing, and specifically my latest book, Tokyo 20/20 Vision. Many aspects of location choices and characters have been inspired by personal…

My Research about the Flight JL123 Crash

I am conducting research about the Japan Air Lines flight JL123 (also known as JAL123) crash on 12 August 1985 in Ueno-mura. The research not only covers the crash itself (you can find a summary here), but also the aftermath of the disaster and the way in which it impacted the lives of so many…

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…

Nakasone: Nationalist or Internationalist?

This post is based on a presentation made to the East Asia Research Seminar series on 17th March, 1999 – which in turn was based upon a development of certain parts of my doctoral thesis (Nakasone Yasuhiro and Japanese Education Reform: A Revisionist View, University of Sheffield, April 1998) and then into Japanese Education Reform:…

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…