The Author

William Andrews is a writer and translator in Tokyo. He studied at King’s College London and moved to Japan in 2004.

He is the author of Dissenting Japan: A History of Japanese Radicalism and Counterculture, from 1945 to Fukushima (Hurst, 2016). His second book, The Japanese Red Army: A Short History, was published in German in 2018 by Bahoe Books.

He has also written for Jacobin, CounterPunch, The Japan Times, Japan Focus: The Asia-Pacific Journal, Baku, ArtAsiaPacific, CounterFire, Tokyo Art Beat and more.

He is a prolific translator for the arts in Japan, especially visual art and the performing arts. His translation of Daisuke Miura’s award-winning play Love’s Whirlpool (2005) was published in 2018 by the Japan Playwrights Association. He co-translated Tokyo Theatre Today: Conversations with Eight Emerging Theatre Artists (Hublet Publishing, 2011), edited by Kyoko Iwaki, and has translated scripts and surtitles for plays by Kuro Tanino, Shu Matsui, Takahiro Fujita, and more.

He is currently writing a biography of the film-maker and activist Masao Adachi, and researching opposition to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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