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Resignation of Patricia Yarrow

Sometime during the ASJ lecture tomorrow evening I will announce before the membership that I, Patricia Yarrow, Recording Secretary of the ASJ Council for ten years as well as ASJ webmaster and for some five years the Facebook manager, as well as Project Copyright project manager, am being forced out under threat of potential criminal charges brought about the current sad tragedy that has taken over the ASJ Council. I resign.
As a lifelong member, I can continue to come to meetings. I know not the fate of the website, Facebook page, copyright and Forum project as it has been wrested from my hands by the direst of threats. I will not risk my life in Japan or that of Robert Morton's life in Japan. However, my inability to continue to support the wonderful membership of the ASJ is my deepest regret. For your years of support and academic and personal camaraderie, and faced with this tragedy, i cannot thank each and every one of you enough. Please feel free to write to me at

February 19th, 2018 - ASJ Lecture

Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Robert Morton, Editor in Chief, Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan
Title: A Partial Witness: A. B. Mitford and the Birth of a New Nation
Venue: Shibuya Kyōiku Gakuen
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.
Algernon Bertram Mitford (1837-1916) was a dashing young British diplomat who served at the British Legation in Japan from 1866 to 1870. Although his time there was short, he witnessed the turbulent events surrounding the end of the Shogun’s feudal regime and the taking of power by a group of reformers under Emperor Meiji, the so-called Meiji Restoration, whose 150th anniversary is being marked this year. He had many adventures in Japan: he almost drowned, just missed having a huge stone dropped on him, could have burned to death, was shot at, was in a party which was ferociously attacked by samurai with swords, and only by a lucky fluke avoided four hundred men lying in wait to kill him and his colleague Ernest Satow.

But he never flinched and he got home in one piece. He was fortunate in his timing, coming to Japan just as it started really engaging with the West, enabling him to get to know many of the key personalities who would set Japan on its fresh course. These included the young Itō Hirobumi, just as he was starting out on his brilliant career. His official duties also often placed him at the centre of key events; he was interpreter at the first meeting of a Japanese Emperor with overseas royalty, Queen Victoria’s second son, Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh.

His most enduring contribution was as a sympathetic interpreter of Japan to the West, writing The Tales of Old Japan, which presented the image of a fundamentally decent, chivalrous, if bloodthirsty people that powerfully shaped Western views of Japan just as the Japan boom was at its height.

He witnessed nothing less than, as he put it, “the birth of a new nation” and became its outstanding contemporary chronicler.

Dr. Morton is well known to members of the Society, both as its former President and as long-serving Editor-in-Chief of our Transactions. He is Professor of English at Chuo University, and his publications include a biography of the irrepressible Fr. Neal Lawrence, O. S. B., who had been an Occupation administrator on Okinawa, and published a number of valuable memoirs in our journal (Transactions, IV, xxi, Supplement). Most recently, Dr. Morton’s volume A. B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State: Letters Home (Renaissance Books) has been widely acclaimed (Bulletin No. 9, 2017). Note: Copies of Dr. Morton’s book will be available for sale at the Lecture Meeting, priced at 4500 JPY. Annabel James will set up a table at which to sell them before the lecture and during the reception. An advance announcement of the book to be made by email to the Membership before the Meeting.

Our thanks to the Japan-British Society for posting an announcement of this lecture on their website

March 12th - ASJ Lecture (please note the date has changed)

Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. (tbc)
Speaker: Mr Jerome Chouchan, Managing Director, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand at Godiva Japan, Inc.
Title: “Business Wisdom from the Ancient Japanese Martial Art of Kyudo”
Venue: Shibuya Kyōiku Gakuen
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.


Our 2018 Copyright Search continues for Transactions authors below to grant the ASJ copyright consent.

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

221 Consent forms have been confirmed as of January 03, 2018.

47 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.
Just added after the author’s information: [Year of publication in Transations].
Copyright consent volunteers might want to try finding someone with a recent year and either still alive or recently departed.

Burdick, Charles Burton (d. 1998) [1996]

Crawcour (Edwin) Sydney [1961, 1966]

Daniels, Frank J. (d. 1983) [1959]

Furness, George A. [1980] (with Yanai Hiroshi)

Harich-Schneider, Eta (d. 1986) [1957]

Ike, Nobutaka (d. 2005) [1957]

Kades, C. L. (d. 1996) [1982]
Kroker, Edward (Eduard) J.M. (d. 2007) [1959]
Kuno, Keitaro [2010]

Lerski, Jerzy Jan (d. 1992) [1959]

Malm, William P. [1984]
Mayer, Fanny Hagin (d. 1990) [1980]
McNelly, Theodore [1982, 2006]

Nayuki, Izumi (has vanished?) [2011]

Ohe, Seizō (d. 1992?) [1965]

Parish, H. Carroll [1972]
Pierson, Jr. Jan Lodewijk (d. 1979) [1929, 1934, 1937]
Plummer, Katherine (d. 2013) [1984]
Prickett, Stephen [1998]

Querido, Andries (d. 2001) [1983]

Redman, Sir Vere (d. 1975) [1975]
Romieux, Jean (d. 2012) [1932]

Sakamaki, Shunzo (d. 1973) [1938]
Schipper, William (d. 2009?) [1996]
Seat, Keith [1981]
Shimatsu, Yoichi C. [1995] (book review)
Shionozaki, Hiroshi [1994]
Sissons, D.C.S. (d. 2006) [1987]
Smith, Neil Skene (d. 1972) [1996]
Smith, Robert J. (d. 2016) [1934, 1937]
Spinks, Charles Nelson (d. ?) [1950]
Stramigioli, Giuliana (d. 1988) [1951]

Tao, Zhikun (Young Scholar) [2012]
Teow, Dr. See Heng [1994]
Totman, Conrad [1983]
Trotter, Ms. Ann [1991]
Tsuchiya, Takao (d. 1988) [1996]

van Briessen, Fritz (d. 1987) [1965]

Waley, Arthur (d. 1991) [1959]
Wildes, Harry Emerson (d. 1982) [1937]
Willcock, Hiroko [1989]
Williams, Harold Stannett (d. 1987) [1975]
Wright, David [1999]

Ye, Kyaw Thu (YSP) [2010]
Yoshida, Toyoko [1981]

Zahl, Karl F. (d. 2013) [1972]
Zolbrod, Leon (d. 1991) [1968, 1988]

Copyright Heroes 2017

Signed copyright consent forms have been received from or on behalf of the following authors.
Their article(s) will be available online once the Forum is operational.

Ackroyd, Joyce (d. 1991)
Anderson, Stephen John
Ayrton, W. E. (out of ©)
Barrett, Marie-Thérèse
Beasley, William G. (d. 2006)
Beauchamp, Edward (d. 2006)
Beretta, Lia
Berton, Peter (d. 2014)
Borton, Hugh (d. 1995)
Cohen, Aaron M.

Coville, Cabot (d. 1987)
Cullen, Louis
Dan, Ikuma (d. 2001)
de Becker, Eric Victor Ambrose (d. 1972)
Dolce, Lucia
Elisonas, Jurgis Saulius Algirdas [2012]
Farrington, Anthony (d. 2008)
Figgess, Sir John (d. 1997)
Finch, Roger
Hammond, Jeff M.
Harris, Mr. Tim
Horiguchi, Mihoko (d. 2013)
Horton, H. Mack

Howes, John F. (d. 2017)
Hrdličková, Věnceslava
Huffman, James L.
Huq, Mr. Mir Monzurul
Imazeki, Rokuya (d. 1991)
Immoos, Thomas (d. 2001)
Iosifidou, Maria
Ishii, Yoneo (d. 2010)
Iwao, Seiichi (d. 1988)
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)
Zachert, Hans-d

Consent not required. Out of copyright by 2020.

Dooman, Eugene H.
Groot, Father Gerard (d. 1970)
Gundert, Wilhelm
Itani, Zen’ichi
Nakamura, Naokatsu
Rabbitt, James A.
Robert, Marcel
Sadler, Arthur Lindsay
Shimizu, Isamu
van Gulik, Robert H.

Consent not required. ASJ sole publisher AND no family discoverable.

Boxer, Charles Ralph (d. 1995)
Buchanan, Rev. Daniel Crump (d. 1982)
Kuiper, J. Feenstra (d. 1970)
Romieux, Jean (d. 2012)
Roussos, Jason E. S.
Wasson, Robert Gordon