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David Pilling: The rise and fall and rise of Japan

How the Japanese learned to live with adversity

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

After the deluge: Japan’s response to the 2011 tsunami demonstrated its enduring strengths ©PA

David Pilling is the Asia Editor of the Financial Times. He was its Tokyo Bureau Chief from 2002-2008 and he has drawn on his time in Japan in his new book, “Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival” (Allen Lane, £20). Pilling’s book begins and ends with the earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in March 2011. But the story he tells is a much bigger one: of Japan’s ability to overcome “successive waves…

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