JAPANESE EDUCATION REFORM: Nakasone’s Legacy, by Christopher P. Hood. London and New York: Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies/Routledge, 2001. 222 pp., 50 UK pounds (cloth).

When neoconservatism was riding high, a leftwing cartoonist drew a pastiche of Edward Hopper’s famous painting of a sad roadside diner, and then imaginatively peopled it with three of the conservative icons of the past two decades: Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II. Does Yasuhiro Nakasone deserve a place in this picture?

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