I spent my career at the University of Tasmania, Kyoto University and then the University of Cambridge. I took early retirement in 2014 and live in London, with the superb libraries of the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Library just 15 minutes away on foot!


University of Oxford

BA in Japanese with Korean, 1972

MSc in Applied Social Studies, 1975

DPhil in Japanese literature, 1979

DLitt in Japanese studies, 2011

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Other Publications

For full list, see CV. Here I list only publications from 2018 and 2019
2018    Languages, scripts, and Chinese texts in East Asia (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. xxviii + 393.
2018    Umi o watatta Nihon shoseki – Yōroppa e, soshite Bakumatsu Meiji no Rondon de海を渡った日本書籍─ヨーロッパへ、そして幕末・明治のロンドンで (Tokyo: Heibonsha), pp. 101.
2018    Japanese medical and scientific books in the Wellcome Library (privately published as a pdf and in a limited number of printed copies), pp. 64.
2019    British Royal and Japanese Imperial relations, 1868-2018: 150 years of association, engagement and celebration, with Hugh Cortazzi and Antony Best (Folkestone: Renaissance Books), wrote Part One, pp. 3-71.
2019    Captain Oswald Tuck and the Bedford Japanese School, 1942-1945 (London: Pollino Publishing), pp. 110.
2018    ‘Hayashi Razan to Edo shoki no shuppan bunka’「林羅山と江戸初期の出版文化」, Shomotsugaku『書物学』12: 2-8.
2018    ‘Frank Daniels’ report on the war-time Japanese courses at SOAS’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 81: 301-24.
2018   ‘A sad case of neglect: a Chinese book in New College Library’, New College Notes (ejournal) 10, article 3.


I am working on a book-length study of those who learnt Japanese in Britain during the war and how they used their knowledge at Bletchley Park and other intelligence outfits.


European Association for Japanese Studies

British Academy

Academia Europea

Peter Kornicki

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