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…

Book Review: “The World Set Free” by HG Wells

As I have written about before (and will be a part of a new book that I am working on, as well as in my next novel), one of my interests relates to the imagery of ‘the mushroom cloud‘, atomic weapons, including issues relating to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the…

Mixing Sport, Military, and Nationalism

On 10 October and 17 October I attended the two NFL American Football matches at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The first match saw the New York Jets play the Atlanta Falcons, and the second saw the Miami Dolphins play the Jacksonville Jaguars. The second match was possibly the best match that I’ve seen in…

National Identity – Reflecting on the Census

Yesterday, 21 March 2021, the Census was held in England and Wales. My main feeling after completing it was ‘Is that it?’. It really doesn’t seem to ask that many questions (less than you get at the end of many marketing surveys and such like) and didn’t really dig down into much detail in some…

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…

Short Course covering Culture, Stereotypes, Management and Brexit

In July 2019 I had the opportunity to do a special short course of 8 lectures at the Ariake Campus of Musashino University. The lectures covered ‘Cross-Cultural Misunderstandings and Clichés’, ‘Symbols and Marketing Trains and Planes’, ‘Education and Cross-Cultural Management’, ‘Managing a Transport Company’, ‘Nationalism and Internationalism in Management’, ‘Managing the Challenges of Depopulation’, ‘Disaster…

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…