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The Magatama Doodle: One Man's Affair with Japan, 1950-2004
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The Magatama Doodle: One Man's Affair with Japan, 1950-2004 (Hardback)

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Part personal memoir, part professional flashback, part socio-cultural commentary, "The Magatama Doodle" chronicles the author's experiences during his twenty-four years (1950-74) of living in Japan as a reluctant banker. The book comments extensively on the country's social, economic, political and cultural realities during the crucial early years of post-war reconstruction and recovery. Rich in anecdotal material often enough highly amusing the book also delves beneath the personal story in search of the bigger picture. Neither an apologist, nor a Japan-basher, the author approaches Japan's complexities with informed respect and due care and attention, but also with well-targeted criticisms. Finally, in an Epilogue, the author touches on some of the significant changes that have taken place in Japanese society since the mid-Seventies; he also addresses his current concern widely shared about the sustainability of Japan's prosperity without implementing important structural changes in existing political and social systems.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsRegional & national historyAsian history Publisher: Brill Publication Date: 01/11/2004 ISBN-13: 9781901903737  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Born in The Hague in 1932, Hans Brinckmann though keen on writing and poetry from an early age, decided to make a career in banking. Unusually, it proved to be a career of banking in Japan (for the most part). Having joined a Dutch bank as a management trainee at the age of seventeen, he was assigned to Japan the following year, where he lived for the next twenty-four years. Appointed Tokyo branch manager at the age of twenty-nine, and area executive at thirty-nine, he retired to Buckinghamshire in 1974 to write and to continue his Japanese studies. Two years later, he was invited to return to banking and subsequently worked in Curacao, Amsterdam and New York, where he chaired the Institute of Foreign Bankers, and a Dutch-American foundation active in educational and cultural exchange. In 1986 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands made him an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau for cultural and professional achievement, notably in Japan and the US. Since 1988 he has been writing fiction and poetry, and has contributed frequently to the Op-Ed pages of Dutch newspapers, often on Japanese topics. He lives in Tokyo and London.

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