Michael Cooper (historian)

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Michael Cooper (born 1930) is a historian. A Jesuit,[1] Cooper has written extensively on 15th- and 16th-century encounters between Jesuit missionaries and Japan. He was editor of the journal Monumenta Nipponica in Tokyo for 26 years.[2]


  • They came to Japan: An Anthology of European Reports on Japan 1543-1640, University of California Press, 1965
  • The Southern barbarians : the first Europeans in Japan, Tokyo ; Palo Alto, Calif. : Kodansha International in cooperation with Sophia University, 1971
  • This Island of Japon: Joao Rodrigues’s Account of 16th Century Japan, Kodansha International, 1973
  • Rodrigues the Interpreter: An Early Jesuit in Japan and China, Weatherhill, 1974
  • Exploring Kamakura : a guide for the curious traveler, Weatherhill, 1979
  • Catalogue of rare books in the Library of the Japan Foundation, Office for the Japanese Studies Center, The Foundation, 1986.
  • 'The Early Europeans and Tea', in Paul Varley and Kumakura Isao, eds., Tea in Japan: Essays on the History of Chanoyu, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1989
  • 'Early Western-style Paintings in Japan', in John Breen and Mark Williams, eds., Japan and Christianity: Impacts and Responses, St Martin's Press, 1996
  • The Japanese Mission to Europe, 1582-1590: The Journey of Four Samurai Boys through Portugal, Spain and Italy, Global Oriental, 2005.


  1. ^ Thomas W. Barker, review of The Japanese Mission to Europe, 1582-1590, Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies 6:1 (2008), pp.103-105
  2. ^ Contributors to Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire