April 1st, 2015
Episode 161 of 510 episodes
A national bestseller in Japan, Roger Pulvers' memoir 'If There Were No Japan' has been hailed as an essential roadmap for "innovation of the mind", crucial knowledge that could guide Japan out of the economic and psychological doldrums that have held sway over the past two decades. A resident of Japan for nearly 50 years, Pulvers has a deep knowledge of Japan's literary, artistic and cultural history and saw first hand Japan's regeneration during the 60s and again during the 80s. He argues that Japan has everything it needs for an optimistic future, and that diplomatically, it holds a unique position as a secular democracy in the region.