Bending adversity : Japan and the art of survival

Pilling, David (Editor) author

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  • Creator David Pilling
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York, New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
  • Physical Details
    • xxxiv, 382 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781594205842, 1594205841
  • OCLC ocn852221347


  • Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese citizenry, including novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists, teenagers and octogenarians. Through their voices, Pilling captures the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Japan.


  • Previously published: London : Allen Lane, 2014.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-348) and index.


  • Tsunami. Tsunami ; Bending adversity -- Double-bolted land. Shimaguni ; Leaving Asia -- Decades found and lost. The magic teapot ; After the fall -- Life after growth. Japan as number three ; Samurai with a quiff ; Life after growth ; The promised road ; From behind the screen -- Adrift. Asia ex-Japan ; Abnormal nation -- After the tsunami. Fukushima fallout ; Citizens ; After the tsunami
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