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​Current affairs, politics and economics. Japanese culture and religion. The arts. 


​BA/MA Japanese Studies, Oxford University, 1978. I was a lecturer in English language at Tokyo Univ. of Science, 1989-2016 and at Daito Bunka University, 2004-2011. Worked as a freelance translator, Japanese->English, in the fields of politics and economics, 1984-1995. Translated Shimada Haruo: "Japan's Guest Workers", for Tokyo University Press, 1994. Dictionary editor at Kenkyusha, 2001- present. Currently living in Takato, Nagano Prefecture, where I am restoring an old village house and making a garden.