• Elegantly written and compelling history of Japan's past century and a half

  • Lucid and lyrical ... delivered with his flair for storytelling ... one of the best accounts I've
    ever read of what happens - for better and worse - when a country's relationship with the world is abruptly renegotiated.

  • Richly embroidered, well-written text ... you will profit considerably from reading Japan Story.

    Literary Review
  • A fresh, detailed, intimate, witty, and captivating tour across the evolving landscape of Japan over the past hundred and fifty years ... told with compassion and with a storyteller's wit and wisdom.

    Books and Bao
  • Magisterial

  • Harding's wide-ranging psychoanalysis of the complex contest between mainstream and anti-mainstream is right about Japan, and brilliant.

    Australian Book Review