Yoshimoto Takaaki (1924-) has been one of Japan’s leading figures in the fields of philosophy and cultural and literary criticism from the 1960s until today. The critic Washida Koyata has argued that Yoshimoto is, in fact, the greatest of Japan’s modern thinkers and that his work should at least be made available in English (Washida 1992: 3, 483). Michel Foucault, too, after holding a round-table discussion with Yoshimoto in 1978, also expressed his hope that Yoshimoto’s work would be translated into French or English (Yoshimoto T. and Foucault 1984: 48).