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October ASJ Meeting

Date: 23 October at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: His Excellency Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan
Subject: “India: Ancient Civilisation and Dynamic Economy”
Venue: (tbc)
Reservations required. The application period will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday 26th September and close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday 9th October.
The following is available on the Ambassador's official biography on the Embassy of India to Japan website:

Ambassador Sujan Chinoy assumed the post of Ambassador of India to Japan on 03 December 2015. Immediately prior to the current assignment, he served as the Ambassador of India to Mexico from 2012-2015, and concurrently as the High Commissioner of India to Belize.

Hailing from the state of Gujarat in India, he did his schooling at the prestigious Rajkumar College in Rajkot. He earned his BA (Hons.) degree in English Literature from the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda and an MBA degree in Marketing from the Gujarat University in Ahmedabad. While in Ahmedabad, he spent time in 1978 at the Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan, as an Exchange Student.

Ambassador Chinoy joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. and subsequently obtained his Diploma in Chinese from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin). He is also conversant in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic and French-Creole, apart from Hindi, Gujarati and Urdu.

During his long career spanning over three decades, Ambassador Chinoy has specialised on East Asia and the Asia Pacific region, particularly on national security issues. He has lived in China for ten years, serving in various capacities in the Indian Missions in Hong Kong and Beijing in the 1980s, and as the Consul General of India in Shanghai between 2000-2005. He was the Consul General of India in Sydney between 2006-2008. Earlier, his other overseas assignments included the post of Counsellor handling Disarmament & International Security Affairs at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York and as Counsellor in charge of political affairs in the Embassy of India in Saudi Arabia.

On home postings in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, Ambassador Chinoy’s servied as Desk Officer in the East Asia Division in the 1980s in charge of relations with China. He also served as Desk Officer in charge of relations with the US and Canada in the Americas Division and as the Officer-on-Special Duty in charge of Press/Media Relations in the early 1990s. As Director (China) in the East Asia Division of the Ministry of External Affairs between 1996-2000, Ambassador Chinoy led the Indian delegation in the India-China Expert Group of Diplomatic & Military Officials in negotiating issues concerning peace and tranquillity and confidence building measures in the India-China border areas.

Between 2009-2012, Ambassador Chinoy was seconded to the National Security Council Secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi, where he was responsible for policy formulation on key external and internal national security issues, and for anchoring institutional strategic dialogues with several countries around the world. He brief also covered national security issues relating to India’s neighbours, border and maritime security, cyber and economic security issues.

Ambassador Chinoy has worked extensively on India’s external trade and economic engagement during his terms as Consul General of India in China and Australia. He authored the chapter on “Economic Diplomacy in China and Down Under” in the book “Economic Diplomacy: India’s Experience” (published by CUTS International, January 2011). He has also contributed articles to mainstream Indian newspapers and magazines on diverse subjects, besides lecturing on strategic, defence and economic issues at various institutions and think-tanks in India and overseas.

His hobbies include horse-back riding, swimming, tennis, cricket and golf. He is fond of reading, travelling and playing the Sitar. He is married to Vidya (a Spanish-language expert) and they have a daughter and a son named Kavita and Amar.

2017 Young Scholars Programme, 06 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.

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”The Life and Times of Ernest Satow”: Three lectures by Prof. Ian Ruxton, ASJ member

Professor of English, Department of Foreign Languages, Institute of Liberal Arts, Kyushu Institute of Technology
His newly published book is “The Diaries and Letters of Sir Ernest Mason Satow (Edwin Melien Press, 1998).

Date: Thursday, 19 October, 5:10 - 6:50 p.m.
Subject: “The Many Faces and Legacy of Sir Ernest Satow”
Venue: Meiji University Nakano campus, Room 410 (4F)

Date: Friday, 20 October, 12:40 - 2:20 p.m.
Subject: “Satow as Minister in Japan, 1895 - 1900”
Venue: Meiji University Surugadai campus, Room 4021 (2F), Global Front

Date: Friday, 20 October at 5:10 - 6:50 p.m.
Subject: “Satow in the Bakumatsu period, 1861 - 1869”
Venue: Meiji University Izumi campus, Room 407 (4F), Building no. 1
Language: Japanese

Open to the public and free of charge.

Request: Rotary Youth Exchange Students research project search

The following request came in through the ASJ Facebook site from Ms. Carol Hayes. She wants to contact past Rotary Youth Exchange Students to or from Japan during the 1960s to the 1990s.

She works in Japanese Studies at the Australian National University on a research project on "Australia-Japan Rotary Youth Exchange – soft power international relations.” She hopes to interview as many past exchange students as possible to collect stories of their experiences over the years. If anyone has any information, please e-mail Ms. Hayes at:

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. “
Find the 176-page book on


Our Autumn Search for Transactions authors below to grant the ASJ copyright consent is underway.

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

206 Consent forms have been confirmed as of October 05, 2017.

62 authors remain to be contacted and confirmed. Three authors are 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.

Anderson, Stephen John

Berton, Peter (d. 2014)
Burdick, Charles Burton (d. 1998)

Crawcour (Edwin) Sydney
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)
Furness, George A.

Gundert, Wilhelm (d. 1971)

Harich-Schneider, Eta (d. 1986)
Horton, H.Mack
Howes, John F. (d. 2017feb04)
Hrdlickova, Vena

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

Kades, C. L. (d. 1996)
Kuno, Keitaro

Levy Jr., Marion J. (d. 2002)
Lerski, Jerzy Jan (d. 1992)

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

Nayuki, Izumi (has vanished?)

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.
Romieux, Jean (d. 2012)

Sakamaki, Shunzo (d. 1973)
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)
Spinks, Charles Nelson
Stramigioli, Giuliana (d. 1988)

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

van Briessen, Fritz (d. 1987)

Waley, Arthur (d. 19)
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)

50 Copyright Searches in progress: autumn 2017

Assigned: Yarrow (36), Carey (1) De Wolf (10), Eldridge (2), Makino (1), Morton (1), Sharp (5), Simmons (1), Sioris-1), Tanaka (1).

Berton, Peter (d. 2014) (Yarrow)
Burdick, Charles Burton (d. 1998) (Yarrow)

Crawcour (Edwin) Sydney) (Yarrow)
Cullen, Louis (Morton)
Daniels, Frank J. (d. 1983) (Sharp)
de Becker, E. V. A. (d. 1989) (Yarrow)

Figgess, Sir John (d. 1997) (Tanaka)
Gundert, Wilhelm (d. 1971) (De Wolf)
Howes, John F. (d. 2017) (Yarrow)
Hrdlickova, Vena (Věnceslava Hrdličková) (De Wolf—>Yarrow)
Ike, Nobutaka (d. 2005) (Makino—>Yarrow)
Immoos, Thomas* (Carey)
Iosifidou, Maria (Yarrow)

Kades, C. L. (d. 1996_UBC) (Eldridge)
Kroker, Edward (Eduard) J.M. (De Wolf)
Lerski, Jerzy Jan (d. 1992) (Sharp)
Levy Jr., Marion J. (d. 2002) (Sharp)

Malm, William P. (Yarrow)
Ohe, Seizō (Yarrow)
Querido, Andries (De Wolf—>Yarrow)
Parish, H. Carroll (Yarrow—>Sioris?)

Pierson, Jr. Dr. Jan Lodewijk (d. 1979) -3 articles (De Wolf)
Plummer, Katherine* (d. 2013) (Yarrow)
Querido, Andries (Yarrow)
Redman, Sir Vere (d. 1995) (Sharp)
Robert, Marcel (out of ©)* (Yarrow)

Romieux, Jean (d. 2012)* (Yarrow)
Roussos, Jason E. S.* (Yarrow)
Sakamaki, Shunzo d. 1973* (Yarrow) (ASJ sole publisher)
Schipper, William (Yarrow)

Shionozaki, Hiroshi (Yarrow)
Sissons, D.C.S. (d. 2006) (Sharp)
Smith, Robert J. (d. 2016) (Yarrow)
Spinks, Charles Nelson (Eldridge)

Totman, Conrad (Yarrow)
Trotter, Ms. Ann (Yarrow/Sioris?)
Tsuchiya, Takao (d. 1988) (Yarrow)
van Briessen, Fritz (d. 1987) (De Wolf)

Williams, Harold Stannett (d. 1987) (Simmons)
Wright, David (Yarrow)
Zahl, Karl F. (d. 2013_UBC) (De Wolf—>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.

Ackroyd, Joyce (d. 1991)
Ayrton, W. E. (out of ©)
Barrett, Marie-Thérèse
Beasley, William G. (d. 2006)
Beauchamp, Edward (d. 2006)
Beretta, Lia
Borton, Hugh (d. 1995)
Cohen, Aaron M.
Coville, Cabot (d. 1987)
Dan, Ikuma (d. 2001)
Farrington, Anthony (d. 2008)
Finch, Roger
Hammond, Jeff M.
Harris, Mr. Tim
Horiguchi, Mihoko (d. 2013)
Huffman, James L.
Huq, Mr. Mir Monzurul
Imazeki, Rokuya (d. 1991)
Ishii, Yoneo (d. 2010)
Johnson, Linda
Joly, Jacques
Kersten, Mr. Carool
Kishibe, Shigeo (d. 2005)
Kusonoki, Dr. Ayako
Levy Jr., Marion J. (d. 2002)
McDowell, Kevin
McKeen Di Crocco, Virginia
Monnet, Livia
Nish, Ian H.
Odaira, Takeshi
Reynolds, Douglas R.
Schlichtmann, Klaus
Sorrells, Virginia
Statler, Oliver (d. 2002)
Tominaga, Michio (d. 2004)
Wasson, Robert gordon (d. 1986)

Consent not required

Boxer, Charles Ralph (d. 1995)
Buchanan, Rev. Daniel Crump (d. 1982)
Dooman, Eugene H. (out of ©)
Groot, Father Gerard (d. 1970) (out of ©)
Itani, Zen’ichi (out of ©)
Kuiper, J. Feenstra (d. 1970)
Nakamura, Naokatsu (out of ©)
Rabbitt, James A. (out of ©)
Robert, Marcel (out of ©)
Romieux, Jean (d. 2012)
Roussos, Jason E. S.*
Sadler, Arthur Lindsay (out of ©)
Shimizu, Isamu (out of ©)
van Gulik, Robert H. (out of ©)
Wasson, Robert Gordon (out of ©)