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今年はもう少し本や雑誌New YorkerやAtlanticなどの記事をブログで紹介できたらと考えています。

Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of SurvivalBending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival
David Pilling


今年最初の本として紹介したいのが、フィナンシャルタイムズの2002年から2008年まで東京支局で記者をしていたDavid Pillingさんによる日本についての本です。AERA Englishでコラムも書かれていましたね。年末に洋書コーナーで見つけたのですが、Kindleでの発売日は今日でした。ちょうど前書きが読み終わったところです。東京支局で働いていた頃から日本についての本を書きたいと思っていたけれどもなかなか時間がとれなかったが、2011年の東日本大震災で再び日本を取材をすることがきっかけとなり一冊の本としてまとめることになったようです。ですから、10年近くに及ぶ日本滞在の集大成といえるかもしれません。


Book launch
Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

Book launch details:
17 January 2014
Event time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Drinks reception: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London, NW1 4QP
Organised by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Fully booked

David Pilling will talk about his newly released book Bending Adversity, a portrait of contemporary Japan. Despite years of stagnation, Japan remains one of the world’s largest economies and a country which exerts a remarkable cultural fascination. David Pilling’s new book is an entertaining, deeply knowledgeable and surprising analysis of a group of islands which have shown great resilience, both in the face of financial distress and when confronted with the overwhelming disaster of the 2011 earthquake.

Throughout its history, Japan has weathered calamities from natural disasters such as the 2011 tsunami to crushing defeat in war and its more recent loss of economic vigour. The 2011 tsunami, which killed some 19,000 people, and subsequent nuclear catastrophe highlighted both the deeply impressive practical resilience of ordinary Japanese and a political culture of extraordinary carelessness and arrogance. Pilling describes the emergency and its aftermath, but then writes far more broadly about many aspects of Japan which are little known to outsiders and which do so much to explain these contradictory responses to the disaster.

Drawing on a wide range of contemporary Japanese voices and on the author’s own experiences living in Japan as a foreign correspondent for six years, his book draws together many threads – economics, history, politics and contemporary reportage – in one highly readable volume. Its publication coincides with a surge of renewed interest in Japan, still the most important US ally in Asia, as its territorial disputes with China heat up dangerously, its government attempts a radical revival of the economy, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster rumbles on. Bending Adversity is a superb work of reportage and an essential book even for those who already feel they know the country well.

About the contributors
David Pilling
David Pilling is based in Hong Kong as the Asia Editor of the Financial Times, overseeing coverage of a region that includes China, India and Japan. He writes an award-winning weekly column on Asian affairs and frequently interviews leading regional figures from the worlds of politics, business and the arts. He was FT Bureau Chief in Tokyo from 2002 to 2008. His book Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival will be published by Penguin in January 2014.

Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survivalというタイトルについてですが、前書きでも語っていましたが、恐らく「災い転じて福となす」という日本語から来ていると思います。恐らくと書いたのは英語の説明しかなかったので、オリジナルの日本語が不明だったからです。英国のインデペンデントの書評でもその点について触れています。

Bending Adversity, By David Pilling - Review
DOUG JOHNSTONE Sunday 29 December 2013

The title Bending Adversity comes from a Japanese proverb about turning bad luck into good. While “good luck” might be stretching things, this book does an excellent job of demonstrating just how resilient the Japanese people have been in the face of recent environmental, social, and economic disaster.