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This project that started in September 2001 brought to Brookes a team of Japanese researchers headed by Professor Hirochika Nakamaki, of the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku), Osaka, to make a comparison of management culture in England and Japan, with special reference to religion and museums. Visits were made to Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, and Sheffield. Further visits were made in 2002, and the final conference in September 2003.
Publications from the conference include Nakamaki, H., ed., A Comparison of Management Culture in Japan and the UK. Research report, Japanese National Museum of Ethnology. March 2004.
The conference aimed to be a critical, interdisciplinary evaluation of negative western perceptions of copying in Japan and of Japanese theories that emphasise the positive, cultural value of imitation.The volume which is based on the conference was published by Routledge (2007) as:
Cox, R. ed. The Culture of Copying in Japan: Critical and Historical Perspectives, Routledge.