We have reviewed books for newspapers since 1999. Unless an online publication is indicated, all publication sources are cited at the foot of the text. Full reviews are listed in alphabetical order by book title. We have done some editing for online publication, with mistakes in style and judgment being silently corrected. Guest reviews, written by editors, have been marked with an asterisk.

Book Title Author Field
Balance Sheet Recession Richard Koo Economics
Being A Broad in Japan Caroline Pover Reference/Women's
Blowback Chalmers Johnson Politics
Broadcasting Politics in Japan* Ellis S. Krauss Political Science
Confucius Lives Next Door T.R. Reid Journalism/Travelogue
Dogs and Demons Alex Kerr Aesthetics/Culture
Gambling with Virtue Nancy Rosenberger Women's
Geisha Lesley Downer Women's/History
Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star William Johnston History/Sexuality/Women's
Hegemony of Homogeneity Harumi Befu Anthropology
Hello Kitty Ken Belson, Brian Bremner Pop Culture
In Praise of Hard Industries Eamonn Fingleton Journalism/Political Economy
Is Japan Still Number One? Ezra F. Vogel Sociology
Japan Pop! Timothy J. Craig Culture
The Japan Journals* Donald Richie Travelogue/Autobiography
Japanese Only Arudou Debito Journalism/Travelogue
Japanese Consumer Behavior John L. McCreery Anthropology
The Japanese Mafia Peter B. E. Hill Sociology
Leaving Japan Mike Millard Journalism/Travelogue
Legacies of the Comfort Women Margaret Stetz, Bonnie B.C. Oh. History/Women's
Madame Butterfly Jan Van Rij Music/History
The Missionary and the Libertine Ian Buruma Journalism/Travelogue
Multi-ethnic Japan John Lie Sociology
My Darling is a Foreigner Saori Oguri Multiculturalism/Autobiography
The Orient Strikes Back Joy Hendry Anthropology
Quilt Artistry Yoshiko Jizenji Art/Craft
Saving the Sun Gillian Tett Business
Serving Our Country Brenda L. Moore Women's/History
Tsukiji Theodore Bestor Anthropology
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan Isabella L. Bird Women’s/ Travelogue
Women of Okinawa Ruth Ann Keyso Women’s/History
Working Out in Japan Laura Spielvogel Women’s/Anthropology
American Fuji Sara Backer Culture conflict
Ashes Kenzo Kitakata Noir
Dragon Dance Peter Tasker Thriller
Fear and Trembling Amelie Nothomb Corporate novel
Out Natsuo Kirino Thriller/mystery
A Rabbit's Eyes Kenjiro Haitani Children's Novel
Ring Koji Suzuki Paranormal
Samurai Boogie Peter Tasker Detective mystery
The Man with the Red Tattoo Raymond Benson Spy Thriller

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