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It has been an eventful year for Japan since David Pilling’s “Bending Adversity” was published to critical acclaim. For many, including its reviewer in The Japan Times, the book was considered one of the year’s — if not the decade’s — best books about Japan.

“Bending Adversity” takes a detailed look at Japan during the bubble years and the lost decades since, and with a new edition set to be released this month, I took the opportunity to speak with Pilling — currently the Asia editor of the Financial Times — about how his book has aged in light of recent events.

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