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The Abe Experiment and The Future of Japan

The Abe Experiment and The Future of Japan: Don’t Repeat History

01 Sep 2020

At the end of August 2020 Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, suddenly announced he would shortly retire from politics for health reasons. On 15 September his successor, former cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga and one of Abe’s  closest allies, announced that the current programme for government (otherwise known as ‘Abenomics’ ) would continue as usual until the national elections due in September 2021.

This event provides a timely reminder of the relevance of Junji Banno’s and Jirō Yamaguchi’s incisive evaluation of the politics of post-war Japan, and in particular the ‘Abe era’ and the disturbing  trajectory of the Abe government contained in The Abe Experiment and the Future of Japan: Don’t Repeat History (ISBN 978-1-898823-21-6), first published in English by Renaissance Books in 2016 (translated by Oxford scholar Arthur Stockwin).

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