October 2021, The Telegraph‘Cinema’s New Cold War’

October 2021, review in The Telegraph of Ai Weiwei’s memoir, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

July 2021: review in The Telegraph of The Chinese Communist Party: A Century in Ten Lives & China’s Leaders: From Mao to Now

February 2021: review in The Telegraph of Jonathan Clements’ The Emperor’s Feast

July 2021, BBC History Magazine, ‘Tokyo Olympics 1964’

December 2020: review in The Telegraph of Jonathan Kaufman’s Kings of Shanghai

May 2020: BBC History MagazineWhat is History’s Greatest Mystery?

May 2019: History Today, ‘Why Japan Stopped Fighting

April 2019: review in The Telegraph of Julia Lovell’s Maoism: A Global History

March 2019: review in The Guardian of Naoko Abe’s ‘Cherry’ Ingram

January 2019: The New York Times‘Marie Kondo and the Life-Changing Magic of Japanese Soft Power’

January 2019: review in The Telegraph of Ramachandra Guha’s Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914 – 48

November 2018: The GuardianTop 10 Books about Japan

November 2018: BBC History MagazinePearl Harbor and Samurai ‘Mon’

October 2018: Essay on ghosts in Japanese culture, for The Telegraph‘s Saturday Review

September 2018: feature piece in The Telegraph, on Paul Fonoroff’s Chinese Movie Magazines

August 2018: Aeon Magazine, ‘Ghosts on the Shore

August 2018: review in The Telegraph of Stephen Platt’s Imperial Twilight

July 2018: review in The Spectator of Alex Kerr’s Another Kyoto

June 2018: BBC World Histories‘Japan’s Growing Pains’

January 2017: History Today, ‘Japan’s Charles Dickens’

October 2016: Aeon Magazine‘The Be All and End All’

July 2016: BBC News Magazine, ‘How Japan Came to Believe in Depression’

April 2016: review in The Telegraph of Frank Dikotter’s The Cultural Revolution

December 2015: review in The Telegraph of Kenzaburo Oe’s Death By Water

August 2015: BBC News Magazine, ‘Three Western Myths About Japan

December 2014: BBC History Magazine, ‘Real Lives of the Kamikaze’ [accompanying podcast here]

November 2014: Aeon Magazine, ‘Into Nothingness

November 2014: History Today,What Were the Wartime Japanese Thinking?

June 2014: review in The Telegraph of Ben Shepard’s Headhunters: the Search for a Science of the Mind

January 2014: Aeon Magazine, ‘Silent Communion: Is Christian Meditation a Contradiction?

November 2012: Aeon Magazine, ‘Couched in Kindness: Jakucho Setouchi and Japanese Psychoanalysis