Arthur Stockwin took a first degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, and a doctorate in International Relations at The Australian National University. His PhD thesis was titled ‘The Neutralist Policy of the Japanese Socialist Party’, written under the supervision of David Sissons. He taught in the Department of Political Science at ANU from 1964 to1981, when he was appointed Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and Director of the newly established Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at Oxford University, where he remained until his retirement in 2003. His publications include: The Japanese Socialist Party and Neutralism (1968), Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Japan (2003), and Governing Japan (4th edition, 2008). The Writings of J.A.A.Stockwin (2 vols.) was published by Global Oriental in 2012.