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Roger Pulvers, author, playwright, theatre and film director, translator and journalist, has published more than fifty books in Japanese and English, including novels such as The Death of Urashima Taro, General Yamashita’s Treasure, Star Sand, Liv, Peaceful Circumstances and The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn. In 2017 the feature film of Star Sand, written and directed by him, had wide release throughout Japan. He is also the author of two memoirs: Japan: a Cultural Memoir and The Unmaking of an American. 

Roger has worked extensively in film and television. He was assistant to director Oshima Nagisa on the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. He also co-wrote the script for the Japanese film Ashita e no Yuigon (Best Wishes for Tomorrow), for which he won the Crystal Simorgh Prize for Best Script at the 27th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran. 

Roger received the prestigious Miyazawa Kenji Prize in 2008 and the Noma Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature in 2013; in 2018, Japan’s highest honor, the Order of the Rising Sun; and in 2019, the Order of Australia. Over the past fifty years he has translated prose, drama and poetry from Japanese, Russian and Polish. His plays have been widely performed in Australia, Japan and the United States.

More information about him is available on English Wikipedia.


The Unmaking of an American
Prologue to the Face of Jizo
'Do we have peace now?' poem by Okinawa teen Chinen Masaru
In the Woods with Takuboku and Kenji -- Soul Brothers of Meiji Japan
Illusions of Self: The Life and Poetry of Ishikawa Takuboku
The Life and Death of Lafcadio Hearn: A 110-year perspective
Miyazawa Kenji’s Prophetic Green Vision: Japan’s Great Writer/Poet on the 80th Anniversary of His Death 80
Architect Kuma Kengo: ‘a product of place’
Tohoku Has Been Rent Asunder for Future Generations
Beate Sirota Gordon: An American to whom Japan remains indebted
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So, fat cats and a blue caterpillar will save Japan from nuclear hell. OK
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The Lessons of the 3.11 Meltdown for Japanese Nuclear Power: Citizenship Vs. A Corporate Culture of Collusion3.11−−
Night on the Milky Way Train: Miyazawa Kenji’s Space Odyssey−−
Remembering Victims of Agent Orange in the Shadow of 9/11911
Two Generations of Japanese and Japanese American Artists: Activism, Racism and the American Experience−−
Murakami, the No-Nuclear Principles, Nuclear Power and the Bomb
The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn
Indra’s Net: The Spiritual Universe of Miyazawa Kenji
A Dialogue With The Japanese People--The Life and Work of Inoue Hisashi−−
Yesterday Is Another World. Tanka by Yosano Akiko
Suite Slaughter: Inoue Hisashi's play on the life and death of Kobayashi Takiji
Japan as a Nation of Animal Lovers -- As Pets Or When They're On a Plate
Homage to the Life and Poetry of Miyazawa Kenji
My Friend Frois
Japan's Wild Scientific Genius: Minakata Kumagusu
Half . . . or Hana's Story
Ghosts of Christmas Past: The Christmas Bombing of Vietnam
Sugihara Chiune and the Japanese Conscience: Lest we forget
"A Freedom That Rocks the Boat": Yoji Sakate's Small Theater
The Human Condition after Hiroshima: The world of Inoue Hisashi