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Ronald Dore learned Japanese during the war and has spent most of his life studying Japanese society and economy. Much of his writing has been concerned with what comparison with Japan can tell one about third world development, and about the problems of education, and industrial relations in the OECD countries. He has a degree in Japanese from London University (1947), has taught at LSE, University of British Columbia, Harvard and MIT in departments of sociology, history and political science, and has had research positions at the Institute of Development Studies and the Technical Change Centre. He is a member of the British Academy and honorary foreign member of the Japanese and American academies. His first book, City Life in Japan (1958) was recently reprinted with a new preface (Curzon Press 1999), his latest is Stockmarket Capitalism, Welfare Capitalism: Japan and Germany versus the Anglo-Saxons was published by Oxford University Press in May 2000, and since translated into Italian, Japanese,Chinese and Spanish. Subsequently two collections of his writings have been published, Social evolution, Economic Development, Culture,Change: What it means to take Japan seriously (Edward Elgar, hb and pb. 2001) and Collected Writings of Ronald Dore (Japan Library, Curzon Press, 2002).