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Book Review: Bending Adversity

I really wanted to like this book, and I thought I was going to based on the introduction.  I still like the idea:  going back through history to show how bad times have always had a net positive result on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Yakuza Diary

This book by Christopher Seymour from 1996 is the first one about Japan I’d ever read.  I came across it randomly whilst working at a library back when I was in high school.  This was back before Japanese gangsters were … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Salaryman in Japan”

From JTB’s “Illustrated Book Series,” “Salaryman in Japan” is an illustrated look at the typical life of a Japanese businessman, known in Japan as a ‘salaryman.’ It includes plenty of cute illustrations and, by virtue of being translated into English … Continue reading

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TPP: Following a Pattern?

As a follow up to my previous post on Eamonn Fingleton’s “Blindisde,” I wanted to share the author’s opinion of Japan’s dealings with trade negotiations. Once again, it is a bit of a conspiracy theory, but for me it was … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Blindside” by Eamonn Fingleton

“Blindside,” written by Eamonn Fingleton and published in 1995, carries the subtitle, “Why Japan is Still on Track to Overtake the U.S. by the Year 2000.”  While I’m sure this helped sell a few more copies back in the nineties, … Continue reading

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T.R. Reid on Japanese Healthcare

I just finished reading T.R. Reid’s latest book, “The Healing of America” which has a chapter devoted to Japan (where Reid lived for some years in the 1990s).  Japan also features in a documentary he did for PBS titled “Sick … Continue reading

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