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Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits: v. 6 (Britain & Japan)

Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits: v. 6 (Britain & Japan)
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Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits: v. 6 Including an essay on Churchill and Japan, this title features an account of the distinguished intellectual liberal Maruyama Masao’s close relationship with Richard Storry and Oxford in particular and his interests in Britain in general. This title also includes an account of the Beatles visit to Tokyo in 1965. Full description

Ox Against the Storm: A Biography of Tanaka Shozo: Japans Conservationist Pioneer: Biography of Tanaka Sjozo, Japan's Conservationist Pioneer (Classic Paperbacks)

Ox Against the Storm: A Biography of Tanaka Shozo: Japans Conservationist Pioneer: Biography of Tanaka Sjozo, Japan's Conservationist Pioneer (Classic Paperbacks)
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The lifelong struggle of Japan’s pioneer environmental conservationist is described with skill and passion in Kenneth Strong’s absorbing biography, published now in paperback. Born in 1841, the year of the Ox, Shozo fought for the protection of the environment in a country which became a leading industrial power in less than a century, at the expense of all humanitarian and ecological considerations. The author has also presented an overall account of the way in which an intricate network of oligarchic and industrial interests dominated Japan’s first democratic parliaments. The self-educated son of a peasant, pigheaded, illogical, emotional, impetuous and politically naive, Tanaka Shozo was elected to the Diet and established his place in history by waging a dogged, Pyrrhic war against the gross pollution of his constituents’ food, water and land by an important copper mine. This biography – the first on Tanaka Shozo in English – is also the first detailed study of how the letter and spirit of Japan’s 1889 constitution was applied outside Tokyo. Called in his own time an unrealistic madman for fighting a battle today’s world generally takes far more seriously, Tanaka Shozo is likened by Kenneth Strong to such great humanitarians as Mahatma Gandhi and Danilo Dolci.