How I Came to Be Here

Take an ordinary Australian boy, add some breakfast cereal, send him to school, and see what happens… Was it fate that led me to become a permanent resident of Japan, or am I simply another example of permissive parenting gone wrong? One man’s story of how he became a pioneering, expatriate law professor in Japan despite having no family connections to this country.

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About John Middleton

Professor John Middleton was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1964 and first became acquainted with Tokyo in 1979.

After graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours, majoring in Japanese language and Japanese studies, and a Bachelor of Laws degree, John was awarded a Japanese Government (Monbusho) Research Scholarship in 1990 to further his studies of Japanese language and law at Osaka University of Foreign Studies (now part of Osaka University) and Hitotsubashi University respectively. He now holds Master and Doctor of Laws degrees from Hitotsubashi University, has been admitted to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia and an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law in the State of New York, and has spent two years as an Academic Visitor at the Faculty of Laws, University College London.

John currently serves as Professor of Anglo-American Law, specialising in comparative media law, at the Hitotsubashi University School of Law, which consistently ranks highest among all law schools in the country in terms of the performance of its graduates in the national bar examination. He is believed to be the first non-Japanese in history to be promoted from Assistant to Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor at the law faculty of a national university in Japan and the first Western legal scholar to write and publish a substantial body of work in Japanese. He also contributes to society as a Director of the Content Evaluation and Monitoring Association (EMA).

The "Tokyo, From One to Infinity" series is his first major non-academic work in his native tongue and a step towards realising his childhood dream of becoming an author. He sincerely hopes you will enjoy reading each instalment as much as he is enjoying creating them.

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