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Dr Simon May is Fellow in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. His writing draws not only on his wide philosophical learning, but also on his experience outside academia, in international politics and business. Dr May has been a close adviser to various world statesmen, held senior positions in the European Union, and served on the Board of Directors of both public and private companies.
"A sympathetic portrait, prescient about Japan's recovery as a major economic power." A.C. Grayling, author, "Toward the Light of Liberty""
"The anecdotes are often hilarious, sharply drawn and told in a droll tone that contrasts with the eccentricities being conjured up. The interpretations are sometimes amusing and sometimes astute . . . May has a delicious, if sometimes cruel, take on things." "The Financial Times""
"May goes to weddings, funerals, meetings with high-powered businessmen and New Year's Eve celebrations with Zen Buddhists, providing a series of brief but well-observed and often funny snapshots of life in Japan." "Times Literary Supplement""