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Hugh Ashton

803 Yamanouchi
Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan


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I started my serious working life (after leaving Cambridge) as a technical writer,
working for small UK tech companies. I moved to Japan in 1988 to write manuals
in a Japanese documentation company, working on audio and musical products.

After six years of this, and a couple of false starts, I became self-employed,
working as a freelance technical writer and journalist (focussing chiefly on
technical and business matters) here in Japan. Recently, I wrote two industry
reports on Japanese banking for a London publisher, and have done extensive
editing and design work for the same publisher's reports on other subjects. Other
articles and interviews appear on a regular basis in magazines published here
(business magazines and airline in-flight publications, etc.).

In 2009, my first published novel, Beneath Gray Skies, appeared
through Lulu (it is also available for download as an ebook). It deals with an
alternative history timeline in which the American Civil War was never fought, and
the Confederacy continues into the 20th century. Reviews so far have been
almost unanimously favourable. My second novel should be published early this
year�a thriller set in Tokyo. I am already researching my third, to be set in
Eastern Russia in the 1920s (alternative history again�Fanny Kaplan's
assassination attempt on Lenin succeeds).

I am available for research and writing articles on topic related to Japan, finance
and information technology, etc. as well as for general editing, etc. work in these

Interests: Information technology, finance, alternate history, history, airships

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • At the Sharpe End
  • Beneath Gray Skies
  • Nonfiction

  • Managing Japan's Private Wealth
  • Retail Finance in Japan