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Call for Applications: 2017 Young Scholars Programme, November 2017

Four young scholars have been selected to give a presentation for 15 minutes each to the Society:
1. Mr. Shingo Hashimoto
2. Ms. Mikaela Ediger
3. Ms. You Gene Kim
4. Mr. Bijaya Thapa

Reserve Speaker
Mr. Ravi Maharjan

Congratulations to them all and we much appreciate the others nominated. Other opportunities may present themselves and we look forward to your continued support and participation in the ASJ.

September ASJ Meeting

Date: 25 September at 6:30 p.m. (date tbc)
Speaker: Mr. Chuk Besher
Subject: (tbc) (relating to the topic of diversity and business)
Venue: (tbc)
Address: (tbc)

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New publication by our current president

Dr. Charles De Wolf recent and slender paperback book with an appropriately evocative cover of his latest translations, “Of Birds and Beasts, Fish and Fowl: Japanese Tales of Times Now Past” (Excerpts from Konjaku-Monogatari今昔物語集) has recently been published. It is available on

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New publication by our past president

Dr. Robert Morton has recently published the subject of his doctoral research as “A.B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State: Letters Home”

From, “Why Mitford (later to become the first Lord Redesdale)? He was an urbane aristocrat, had charm, looks and excellent manners. He was always in the right place at the right time, almost drowned, could have burned to death, was shot at, and was nearly cut down by samurai swords. But Bertie , as he was known, was never fazed by events. He stood face-to-face with the new, teenage Emperor when almost everybody else, including the Shogun, could only talk to him behind a screen. He became friendly with the last Shogun and witnessed a hara-kiri, his atmospheric account of which is now a classic. An accomplished linguist and writer, Mitford was the outstanding chronicler of the Meiji Restoration, complementing the writings of his contemporary Ernest Satow. This book will be of particular interest to students and readers of Japanese history, as well as readers of nineteenth-century biography in general. It will also have special appeal to those who are familiar with the Mitford family history.”

Amazon’s “About the Author” reveals, “Robert Morton has a PhD from the University of Queensland in creative writing, an MA in linguistics from the University of York and a BA in history from the University of Sussex. He has been a professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University in Tokyo since 2000. He edited and annotated the 1861-1869 diaries of Mitford s colleague, Ernest Satow, with Ian Ruxton (published by Eureka in 2013). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions of the Asiatic Society Japan, the oldest academic journal in Japan. “
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Our Summer Search for Transactions authors below to grant the ASJ copyright consent has begun.

Please e-mail any clues, ideas, e-mail, etc. to Ms. Yarrow at:

185 Consent forms have been confirmed as of August 21, 2017.

76 authors remain to be contacted and confirmed with three authors not on this public list.

日本アジア協会は、紀要The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japanを電子化しデジタルアーカイブをインターネットで公開するにあたり、連絡先が判明しない著作権者についての情報提供を求めています。 別紙に掲載いたしました著作者について、著作権者、もしくは著作権継承者、またはこれらの方々の連絡先に関する情報をお持ちの方は、上記連絡先までご連絡ください。

In preparation for the launch of the digitized archives online of the journal “The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan”, the Asiatic Society of Japan is seeking information regarding copyright holders.

Ackroyd, Joyce (d. 1991)
Anderson, Stephen John

Beretta, Lia
Berton, Peter (d. 2014)
Borton, Hugh (d. 1995)
Boxer, Charles Ralph (d. 1995) -3 articles
Buchanan, Rev. Daniel Crump (d. 1982)
Burdick, Charles Burton (d. 1998)

Coville, Cabot R. (d. 1987)
Cullen, Louis

Daniels, Frank J. (d. 1983)
de Becker, Eric Victor Ambrose (E. V. A.) (d. 1972)
Dolce, Lucia

Elisonas, Jurgis Saulius Algirdas

Figgess, Sir John (d. 1997)
Finch, Roger
Furness, George A.

Groot, Father Gerard (d. 1970)
Gundert, Wilhelm (d. 1971)

Harich-Schneider, Eta (d. 1986)
Horiguchi, Mihoko (past ASJ Librarian) (d. 1991?)
Horton, H.Mack
Howes, John F. (d. 2017feb04)
Hrdlickova, Vena

Ike, Nobutaka (d. 2005)
Imazeki, Rokuya (d. 1991)
Immoos, Thomas
Iosifidou, Maria
Iwao, Seiichi (d. 1988)

Kades, C. L. (d. 1996)
Kishibe, Shigeo (d. 2005)
Kuiper, J. Feenstra (d. 1970)
Kuno, Keitaro

Lerski, Jerzy Jan (d. 1992)

Malm, William P.
Mayer, Fanny Hagin (d. 1990)
McNelly, Theodore
Monnet, Livia

Nayuki, Izumi (has disappeared and “gone off the grid”?)

Odaira, Takeshi
Ohe, Seizō

Parish, H. Carroll
Pierson, Jr. Jan Lodewijk (d. 1979) -3 articles
Plummer, Katherine (d. 2013)
Prickett, Stephen

Querido, Andries

Redman, Sir Vere (d. 1995)
Reynolds, Douglas R.

Sadler, Arthur Lindsay (d. 1970)
Schipper, William
Seat, Keith
Shimatsu, Yoichi C.
Shionozaki, Hiroshi
Sissons, D.C.S. (d. 2006)
Smith, Neil Skene (d. 1972)
Smith, Robert J. (d. 2016)
Sorrells, Virginia
Spinks, Charles Nelson
Statler, Oliver (d. 2002)
Stramigioli, Giuliana (d. 1988)

Tao, Zhikun (Young Scholar 2012)
Teow, Dr. See Heng
Tominaga, Michio (d. 2004)
Totman, Conrad
Trotter, Ms. Ann
Tsuchiya, Takao (d. 1988)

van Briessen, Fritz (d. 1987)

Wasson, Robert Gordon (d. 1986)
Wildes, Harry Emerson (d. 1982)
Willcock, Hiroko
Williams, Harold Stannett (d. 1987)
Wright, David

Ye, Kyaw Thu (YSP)
Yoshida, Toyoko

Zahl, Karl F. (d. 2013)
Zolbrod, Leon (d. 1991)

Copyright Search in progress: summer 2017

Beasley, William G. -2 articles (d. 2006) (son promised for early September) (Yarrow)
Beretta, Lia (Yarrow, De Wolf)
Burdick, Charles Burton (d. 1998) (Yarrow)
Coville, Cabot R. (d. 1987) (CDW—>Yarrow)
de Becker, E. V. A. (d. 1989)
Gundert, Wilhelm (d. 1971)
Howes, John F. (d. 2017, Feb. 4)
Immoos, Thomas (De Wolf)
Iosifidou, Maria (Yarrow)
Johnson, Linda (“in the mail”) (Yarrow)
Kades, C. L. (d. 1996_UBC) (CDW)
Kroker, Edward (Eduard) J.M. (CDW)
Malm, William P. (Yarrow)
Monnet, Livia (“in the mail”) (Yarrow)
Odaira, Takeshi (Yarrow)
Querido, Andries (CDW—>(Yarrow)
Pierson, Jr. Dr. Jan Lodewijk (d. 1979) -3 articles (Yarrow)
Plummer, Katherine (d. 2013) (Yarrow)
Sorrells, Virginia (Yarrow)
Sadler, Arthur Lindsay (d. 1970) (Yarrow)
Schipper, William (Yarrow)
Sorrells, Virginia (McPhalen/Yarrow)
Spinks, Charles Nelson
Statler, Oliver (d. 2002) (Yarrow)
Wright, Sir David (Yarrow)
Zahl, Karl F. (d. 2013_UBC) (CDW—>Yarrow)

Copyright Heroes 2017

Signed copyright Consent forms have been received from the following authors in this year and their article(s) will be available online once the Forum is operational.

Ayrton, W. E. (out of ©)
Barrett, Marie-Thérèse
Beauchamp, Edward (d. 2006)
Cohen, Aaron M.
Dan, Ikuma (d. 2001)
Farrington, Anthony (d. 2008)
Hammond, Jeff M.
Harris, Mr. Tim
Huffman, James L.
Huq, Mr. Mir Monzurul
Ishii, Yoneo (d. 2010)
Joly, Jacques
Kersten, Mr. Carool
Kusonoki, Dr. Ayako
Levy Jr., Marion J. (d. 2002)
McDowell, Kevin
McKeen Di Crocco, Virginia
Nish, Ian H.
Reynolds, Douglas R.
Schlichtmann, Klaus

Consent not required

Boxer, Charles Ralph (d. 1995) -3 articles (ASJ sole publisher)
Buchanan, Rev. Daniel Crump (d. 1982)
Crawcour, Edwin Sydney -2 articles -(d.1965) (out of ©)
Dooman, Eugene H. (out of ©)
Itani, Zen’ichi (out of ©)
Nakamura, Naokatsu (out of ©)
Rabbitt, James A. (out of ©)
Robert, Marcel (out of ©)
Romieux, Jean (d. 2012)
Roussos, Jason E. S.
Sakamaki, Shunzo d. 1973 (ASJ sole publisher)
Shimizu, Isamu (out of ©)
van Gulik, Robert H. (out of ©)