The Growing Power of Japan, 1967-1972
The Growing Power of Japan, 1967-1972
Analysis and Assessments from John Pilcher and the British Embassy, Tokyo
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Foreword – Ian Nish
Publisher’s Preface – Paul Norbury
Introduction – Hugh Cortazzi
PART 1: 1967
1. Sir Francis Rundall’s Valedictory Despatch
2. Japanese Economic Aid
3. The State Funeral for Mr Shigeru Yoshida
4. Japan: Annual Review for 1967
PART 2: 1968
5. Visit of the Secretary of State to Japan, 7–10 January
6. The Visit of USS Enterprise to Japan
7. Impressions of Contemporary Japan
8. The 58th (Regular) Diet Session
9. The So?ka Gakkai and the Ko?meito?
10. Japanese Economic Success: A British Opportunity
11. The Japanese Left
12. The Japanese Mood in 1968
13. Mr Sato’s New Cabinet
14. Japan: Annual Review, 1968
PART 3: 1969
15. Revolting Students: Japanese Style
16. Japan’s Science and Technology
17. Labour and Incomes in the Japanese Economy
18. British Week, Tokyo
19. The Merry Wives of Ginza: Women’s Status in Japan 1
20. The Quality of Life in Japan
21. Japan: Annual Review, 1969
22. The Japanese Self-Defence Forces
PART 4: 1970
23. Osaka Expo ’70: A First Impression
24. The Japanese Mood in 1970
25. Japan’s Economy in the 1970s: The Miracle Excels Itself
26. Japan’s Changing Society and the New Generation
27. Japanese Exports: How Much of a Threat?
28. Japanese Protectionism: Signs of a Thaw?
29. ‘The Rest are Monkeys’: The Japanese Abroad
30. Japan in the 1970s: The Trade Mark and the Sword
31. Japanese Militarism
32. Mishima’s Suicide
33. Japan: Annual Review for 1970 – ‘Economic Man’ Comes of Age
34. The Emperor of Japan: The Man and His Life
35. The Emperor of Japan: Human or Divine?
36. The Emperor and Empress of Japan
37. The Visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan to Europe as Seen from Tokyo
38. Mr Sato’s New Cabinet
39. Relations Between Japan and the United States
40. Japan in 1971: The Rude Awakening
41. Japan in the 1970s: ‘Guns and Butter’
42. Japanese Export Successes: Cheap, Sweated Labour?
43. Basic Japan and the Shifting Mood 1967–71
44. The Japanese: ‘Frail Flowers of Opportunism’?
45. The Lord Privy Seal Brings Concorde to Japan
46. The Plebian Mr Tanaka Replaces Mr Sato
47. Japanese Investments Overseas
48. Mr Tanaka in Charge
49. The Japanese on the Road to Peking
50. The First Visit to Japan by a British Prime Minister
I ‘Sir John Pilcher: Ambassador to Japan, 1967–1972’. Portrait by Hugh Cortazzi
II Letter from Kyoto, January 1936
III ‘A Perspective on Religion in Japan’ (Lecture at the Nissan Institute, May 1984)
IV ‘Is Economic Success Destroying Japanese Traditions?’ (Occasional Paper/Speech, 1975)
V Book Review, 1977: Deus Destroyed: The Image of Christianity in Early Modern Japan
VI ‘An Introduction to Japanese Gardens’
(Occasional Paper/Speech. Early1980s?)

Hugh Cortazzi (ed.)

The Growing Power of Japan, 1967-1972

Analysis and Assessments from John Pilcher and the British Embassy, Tokyo

John Pilcher’s appointment as HM Ambassador to Japan in 1967, three years after the widely acclaimed Tokyo Olympics, was both judicious and enlightened. His role was to be that of a bridge-builder between Japan and Britain following the early post-war years of disenchantment, distrust and detachment that had earlier marked the relationship between the two countries. He brought to his role a particular understanding of Japanese civilization and a critical analysis of Japanese attitudes and way of life. Before the war he had had the good fortune to spend time as a language student in Kyoto. There he came to appreciate Japanese culture at its best but as a junior consular official he also came to see other less attractive aspects of Japan. In this volume Sir Hugh Cortazzi who was to follow in John Pilcher’s footsteps, has compiled the defining reports to Whitehall from Pilcher’s time and as such they offer a valuable record of Japan’s progress at this important point in her post-war history, as well as providing unique insights into the activities, hopes and expectations of the British government in her dealings with Japan. The collection (including essays and writings from his private papers) which has hitherto remained largely unknown or inaccessible to most researchers, provides a platform for John Pilcher as a writer and distinguished scholar-diplomat.

Hugh Cortazzi

Sir Hugh Cortazzi, GCMG, was British Ambassador to Japan 1980-1984 and Chairman of The Japan Society, London, 1985-1995. He has written extensively on Japan. His many books include Isles of Gold: Antique Maps of Japan (1983), The Japanese Achievement (1990) and his memoir Japan and Back and Places Elsewhere (1998). He compiled and edited seven volumes of Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits, most recently volume X (2016).