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Half a Century
Book ID NBC3961
ISBN No. 81-7211-362-5
Book Name Half a Century
Book sub-title My Connections with Japan A Memoir
Author/s name/s : Seth Aftab
Publisher Name Northern Book Centre
Publishing Year 2015
Book Price (Printed) INR 900   
Book Price (Our Price) INR 900   
Book Size 14 x 22 cm.
Book Page xviii + 310
Book Weight 600 gms.

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Book Summary

A former Ambassador of India to Japan writes about his half a century of connections with Japan.

His days as a student in Tokyo in the early sixties bring alive the flavour of Japan before the 1964 Olympics, the first big coming out party for Japan in the 20th century.

The mystique associated with the Chrysanthemum Throne, the oldest monarchy as seen by an ambassador who knows the Japanese language, the people and many members of the Imperial Family.

India Japan Relations in the early seventies as seen by a junior diplomat; the early years of the 21st Century when the foundations for the Strategic Partnership were laid as seen by an insider and key player. A frank portrayal of the highs and lows in the relationship across this entire period are narrated: the 1971 war, the May 1998 nuclear tests, economic sanctions and then the blossoming of the Global Partnership for the 21st Century.

The extraordinary attempts to reach out to all sections of Japanese society through books, articles written and speeches made by the author, laying the groundwork for the many faceted relationship seen today.

Beyond the world of diplomacy, the author gives an account of the years spent in Japan as a university professor. This last decade of the author's connections with Japan describe attempts to link academic institutions across many continents, the work of an NGO he founded  and the many educational institutions with which the author is connected.

This is a panoramic view of half a century of India's relations with Japan as seen by an Indian whose knowledge about Japan is as deep as it is wide.

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   1.  My Year in Japan at Keio University: 1962 to 1963

   2.  Junior Diplomat in Tokyo

   3.  The Imperial Mystique

   4.  My Connections with Japan: Ambassador

   5.  Out Reach
Religious Groups and Organizations, NGOs, Schools
        Prefectures and Towns
        Universities, Clubs and Other Venues
        Articles in Newspapers, Journals and Magazines

   6.  A Micronesian Interlude

   7.  Beyond the Life of a Diplomat
In India from October 2003 till June 2004
        My Return to Japan in 2004
        Keio University
        University Teaching
        Doshisha University – Kyoto
        Kyoto again after Keio
        Travels to India from Keio – Connecting Keio to Indian Institutions
        Japan India Partnership Forum NGO
        Lectures and Seminars Outside Keio
        Articles for Journals and Newspapers
        The Global Indian International Schools
        Parliament of Cultures, Ankara, Turkey and Amman, Jordan
        Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; The Indian
          Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi
        Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Satya Sai Education Foundation,
          MS Swaminathan Foundation (Asia Initiatives), The Asiatic
          Society of Japan
        Travels to other Countries for Keio University

   8.  Epilogue
        Photograph Gallery


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