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From left to right Yoshihiko Futamatsu Peter N Davies  Renichi Sugano Tokyo 1990

Peter N. Davies – A significant legacy, including his involvement in the history of the Thai-Burma Railway

01 Aug 2020

Belatedly, in these Covid-19 times, we honour the memory of author Peter N. Davies, Emeritus Professor at Liverpool University’s School of History, who died at his home in Caldy, Wirral, on 19 March 2020 at the age of 92. He will be greatly missed by his extensive circle of friends and colleagues around the world, but especially in the UK and Japan.

Imperialism in East Asia

Imperialism in East Asia

26 Jun 2019

We are delighted to announce the establishment of an important new Renaissance Books series to be known as Imperialism in East Asia [IEA], edited by Robert Fletcher (Warwick) and Teyhun Ma (Sheffield).



03 Jan 2019

It is with much sadness that we report the death of Professor Ronald Dore, aged 93, at his home in Grizzana Morandi, Bologna on 14 November 2018.

Sir Hugh Cortazzi 1924-2018

Sir Hugh Cortazzi (1924-2018)

16 Aug 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death (14 August 2018) of Sir Hugh Cortazzi, former British Ambassador to Japan (1980-1984), Chairman of the Japan Society (1985-1995) and author/editor of a considerable number of scholarly works of reference, many published in recent years by Renaissance Books, and almost all in association with the Japan Society. 

Celebrating Bigot

Celebrating Bigot

01 May 2018

We are most grateful to the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, London, for hosting a most successful launch of Georges Bigot and Japan: Satirist, Illustrator and Artist Extraordinaire on 12 April 2018