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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies
East Asian Studies
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I studied Japanese here at Cambridge from 1965–68, when the number of students interested in the subject was very small indeed. I then left to work in airline management for two years, but returned to work on Mori Ogai, obtaining my PhD in 1973. After three years in Japan, I obtained my first teaching post at Monash University in Melbourne (1976–78), moved to Columbia University (1978–79) and then to Princeton University (1979–84). I returned to Cambridge in 1984. Since that time I have worked to build a strong group of scholars and teachers in Japanese studies. My interests have shifted over the years from Meiji all the way back to Heian. I am now retired from my University post, which will enable me to concentrate on my research.

Teaching responsibilities: 
Undergraduate Japanese