Professor Brightwell's article ‘Refracted axis: Kitayama Jun'yū and writing a German Japan’ was published by Japan Forum in December 2015 (27:4).

The Ian Nish Prize is awarded annually for the best article by an early career scholar in any discipline of Japanese Studies published in Japan Forum, the journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies.

Professor Ian Hill Nish CBE is Professor Emeritus of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he served from 1962 to 1991. His main fields of interest and research are Japan's foreign relations and in particular Japan-China relations over the twentieth century.

The Ian Nish Prize was launched in 2001 as the Daiwa Japan Forum Prize. Previous Japan Forum award winners include: Josh Petitto (2014), Tin Tin Htun (2013), Tuukka Toivonen (2012) and Scot Hislop (2011).