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Japan in Peril? 9 Crisis Scenarios

Feb 21, 2015

Japan in Peril? 9 Crisis Scenarios

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After researching the causes and consequences of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation was determined to change the way Japan responds to future disasters. Japan in Peril?, by Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation Yoichi Funabashi 199 pages.CLSA Books, Nonfiction. The ...

Kafu the Scribbler

| Feb 14, 2015

Kafu the Scribbler

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“A querulous, self-righteous man, whose social criticism rarely rose above the level of personal complaining … .” Kafu the Scribbler, by Edward Seidensticker368 pages.Stanford University Press, Nonfiction. If this is how the writer Nagai Kafu struck his biographer and translator, Edward Seidensticker, what are ...

The Ramen Book

Feb 14, 2015

The Ramen Book

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In 1972, Cup Noodles earned their fame during a live television broadcast of a siege in Nagano Prefecture — the Asama-Sanso incident — when the hostage-takers were shown slurping the hot noodles up. The Ramen Book, by Hayato Ishiyama112 pages.Jitsugyo no Nihon sha, Nonfiction. ...

Asian Comics

Feb 7, 2015

Asian Comics

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At the start of “Asian Comics” John A. Lent announces Japanese comics won’t get a mention — so manga fans, back away. Instead, he traces the development of cartoons in China, Korea, Malaysia and other Asian nations. Asian Comics, by John A. Lent 400 ...

Dendera

Jan 31, 2015

Dendera

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Though there’s still plenty of debate about whether it was ever common for Japan’s rural communities to deal with elderly relatives by leaving them to die on a mountain, it makes for a great story. Depicted in Keisuke Kinoshita’s 1958 period drama, “Narayama Bushiko” ...

Ground Zero, Nagasaki

Jan 31, 2015

Ground Zero, Nagasaki

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Ground Zero, Nagasaki, by Seirai Yuichi, Translated by Paul Warham. Colombia University Press, Fiction. Seirai Yuichi’s “Ground Zero, Nagasaki” tells six short stories centered around Nagasaki’s Christian community and the ongoing trauma of its atomic bombing. Paul Warham’s clear translation means Yuichi’s writing retains ...