Philip Zitowitz

For Philip Zitowitz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Apr 21, 2002

A force to be reckoned with

THE JAPANESE POLICE SYSTEM TODAY: A COMPARATIVE STUDY by L. Craig Parker, Jr.. London: M.E.Sharpe, 2001. 266 pp., $22.95 (paper) The Japanese police system has come under increasing pressure in recent years. Crimes have become more horrific, and the high level of professionalism generally ...

Feb 20, 2001

More to it than meets the eye: the private world of 'manga'

ADULT MANGA: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society, by Sharon Kinsella. Curzon Press, 2000, 228 pp., $19.95 (paper). “Manga” leads a double life in Japan. Its popularity as entertainment for the masses is well-known: Subway riders furtively flip through its pages, young people ...

Apr 4, 2000

Lessons from a life unlike any other

NO ONE’S PERFECT, by Hirotada Ototake. Translated by Gerry Harcourt. Kodansha International, 226 pp., 1,900 yen. Hirotada Ototake, in his first major literary effort, “No One’s Perfect (Gotai Fumanzoku),” has written a work whose seismic rating has scaled off the page: To date, over ...