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Five Gentlemen of Japan by Frank Gibney
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Five Gentlemen of Japan

by Frank Gibney

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Gibney died on April 9, 2006 at 81; from his LA Times obit:

"In 1953 he published his first book on Asia, Five Gentlemen of Japan. In profiling a farmer, a former vice admiral in the Imperial Navy, a newspaperman, the foreman of a steel mill and Emperor Hirohito, Gibney offered an intimate glimpse into postwar Japanese society.

"He knew each of his subjects personally, except for Hirohito, and portrayed even the emperor in familiar terms: 'a slightly stooped, mustached gentleman of a middle age, wearing a crushed brown hat.'

"Elizabeth Gray Vining, former tutor of Crown Prince Akihito, Hirohito's son, praised the book's 'keen and careful analysis' in a New York Times review. 'Their portraits are drawn with sympathy and insight; none of them is caricature,' she said of Gibney's profiles of the five men."
  languagehat | Apr 8, 2006 |
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This book is about stereotypes in the Japanese culture.

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