“History of Japanese Photography” book review

In fall 2003, I heard through the grapevine that the publisher of this book was desperately trying to get this book reviewed by English daily newspapers in Japan.

I reviewed it in detail at PhotoReviews (see http://photojpn.org/books/hist/japan.html ) in Sept. 2003. I heard that at one major English daily, the book got passed around, but no one wanted to review it. I wonder why.

The book came out in March 2003 and finally we see a book review in print in English in Japan. A book review by Jeff Kingston appeared in The Japan Times on Jan. 11, 2004. See
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fb20040111a1.htm

Can you believe how long (10 months) it took for this important book to be reviewed in English in Japan?? I can’t believe that I was the first to review it in English in Japan. Even Sept. (6 months after the publishing date) is rather late…