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Tuesday 23 January 2018
6:00pm – 7:00pm

The Extraordinary Untold Story of James Bond and Japan

Drinks reception from 7:00pm

13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent's Park), London NW1 4QP

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

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For a James Bond locale, exotic Japan fits the bill nicely with sliding doors and ninjas, high-tech gadgetry and interesting options for expendable henchmen. Yet for Ian Fleming Japan offered more than literary background colour.

Tokyo was a city bristling with explosive espionage secrets – from the Soviet spy ring that turned the course of the Second World War to the Australian Triple Agent (and close friend of Fleming) whose secretive Sherlock Holmes society connected to the highest echelons of Japanese power and was at the centre of the Cold War.

Grab your Beretta, put on your tuxedo and fire up the Bentley… In this talk, Dr Damian Flanagan will take you on a thrilling spy adventure and show you Japan in a way you have never imagined before – the extraordinary untold true story of Bond, James Bond and Japan.

About the contributors

Damian Flanagan

Damian Flanagan is an award-winning author and translator who has published a number of books on Japanese literature. He wrote his first book, a controversial study of Japan’s greatest modern author Natsume Soseki, in Japanese. His second book (The Tower of London and other Stories, 2005) told the story of Soseki’s experiences in Britain and won the US-Japan Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. His third book, again in Japanese, was Natsume Soseki: Superstar of World Literature (2007). He has also written widely on Japanese politics, arts and society for publications including The Japan Times, the Asahi ShinbunNewsweek and the Nihon Keizai ShinbunYukio Mishima is his latest book, published in October 2014. He lives in Manchester and Nishinomiya, Japan.

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