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Prof Ian Reader - personal details

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Role: Professor Emeritus




I am now retired but continue to have an association with the University and especially with Japanese Studies, where I worked between 2007-2012 and where I have a group of excellent friends and colleagues. In my career I have worked at academic institutions in Japan, Scotland, Denmark, Hawaii and most recently at Lancaster University and, as Professor of Japanese Studies, at Manchester.  Dorothy and I married in 1983 and now live in Lancaster, where she is a translator of Scandinavian languages. Our daughter Rosie is doing a Masters at Kumamoto University in Japan and our son Phil is doing an MA at the University of York.  Dorothy and Rosie love dancing (salsa and tango) while Phil and I are keener on walking and sports- notably supporting Arsenal (the sane choice for anyone at Manchester).

I enjoy gardening, music (Dylan, of course, Elvis, Stones, Fairport Convention), travel (especially Japan, seeing friends, visiting onsen and doing some research), and am interested in politics- with a long-held wish for Britain to become a republic and for  saner environmental policies in order to bequeath a reasonable world for future generations.