Book review: 『殺人犯はそこにいる』 by Kiyoshi Shimizu

In his book, author and journalist Kiyoshi Shimizu recounts in detail how he investigated the Ashikaga murder case and showed that evidence collected against Toshikazu Sugaya was flawed. An engrossing read about one of Japan’s most know wrongful convictions.

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Book review: 『岩田さん』ed. by Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun

This book is a collection of interviews between Satoru Iwata and Shigesato Itoi. Highly recommended if you want to know more about Satoru Iwata, if you are a Nintendo fan, if you are interested in the game industry, or simply if you want to hear inspiring anecdotes and episodes about leadership, teamwork, communication, and dreams for the future.

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Book review: 『本を読む人だけが手にするもの』 by Kazuhiro Fujihara

Introduction Title: 『本を読む人だけが手にするもの』Author: Kazuhiro FUJIHARA (藤原和博)Published by ちくま文庫296 pages Review I will say it plainly: I didn’t like this book. Reading it was a waste of time, the author kept bragging about himself, I haven’t learned anything, and I felt insulted by the author. “I am such a great person” type of book The point…

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Book review: 『誰も知らない死刑の舞台裏』 by Shoji Kondo

Introduction Title: 『誰も知らない死刑の舞台裏』 (だれもしらない しけいのぶたいうら)Author: Shoji Kondo (近藤昭二)Published by 二見レインボー文庫 (Futami Rainbow Bunko)292 pages. Shoji Kondo is a journalist, author and scriptwriter. He is the representative of the NPO法人731部隊・細菌戦資料センター, an NPO that works on revealing the atrocities committed in Unit 731, as well as establishing Japan’s responsibility and build a better relationship with China. (source) Review…

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Book review: 『ぼくはイエローでホワイトで、ちょっとブルー』by Mikako Brady

Introduction Title: 『ぼくはイエローでホワイトで、ちょっとブルー』Subtitle: The Real British Secondary School DaysAuthor Mikako Brady (ブレイディみかこ)Published by 新潮社 『ぼくはイエローでホワイトで、ちょっとブルー』is a nonfiction book published in 2019 (only available in soft cover but bigger format than pocket books). It is divided in 16 short chapters (around 15 pages each). Review I bought 『ぼくはイエローでホワイトで、ちょっとブルー』because it had amazing reviews on Amazon, it won…

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Book Review: 『日本語びいき』by Yumi SHIMIZU

『日本語びいき』 is definitely one of my best books of the year! The author, Yumi SHIMIZU (清水由美), is teaching Japanese to foreign students and wrote this book for her fellow native Japanese speakers. Through 21 short chapters, she invites her reader to rediscover the Japanese language and let oneself be amazed by patterns that natives usually…

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