Glenn D. Davis has written seven non-fiction (mostly history) books on various subjects and published more than 500 articles in newspapers and magazines around the globe.
His widely acclaimed first book An Occupation without Troops (Tuttle Publishing Co., 1996) was republished in Japanese by two different Japanese publishers (Kodansha and Shinchosha), selling more than 30,000 copies in total.
He also wrote How We Lived in Wellborn before Television (CreateSpace.com,2010), College Station (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), Essays from the End of the World: Four Decades in Japan (CreateSpace.com, 2013), and Oswald: Japanese Threads in the JFK Assassination Fabric (Kadokawa Shoten, 2016). This book, Blood on the Cotton, is his eighth work.
Glenn graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo with an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in political science. After writing a 300-page graduation thesis at Sophia called The Right Wing of Japan, he entered the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (in Tokyo) in 1980 and was active on various committees there for more than 20 years.
During this period, Glenn ran the entertainment committee, organizing parties and live music events for elite Japanese and foreign correspondents, including Japan’s Imperial family. It was during this period that he became interested in blues history because he invited many blues players, both Japanese and American, to play at the Club. He realized that American blues was an international phenomenon.
Glenn was first and foremost a writer, however. After serving as Tokyo correspondent for Business International of New York, he became editor-in-chief of Tokyo Journal during the 1980s, moved on to edit the American Chamber of Commerce Journal in Japan in the 1990s and then became bureau chief of UPI’s Tokyo bureau in 1995. His first assignment there was to cover the gassing of the Tokyo subway system by a fanatical cult called Aum Shinrikyo, a story reported around the world. Glenn also taught at three Japanese universities (Toyo, Hosei and Aoyama) and was a regular commentator on Japanese TV and radio.
In the lead-up to the first Gulf War, Glenn was the only foreigner invited to appear on a nationally telecast all-night debate on what Japan should do about the war (attended by representatives of all the political parties in Japan and opinion leaders in Japan’s media). He also made keynote speeches around the country in Japanese at the grand opening of major buildings and at other events.
Finally returning home to Texas in 2007, after a 40-year career in Japan, Glenn taught at the prestigious Rice U. in Houston (Japanese journalism), at Texas A&M University in College Station (international relations) and at Blinn College in Bryan (journalism). In late 2010, Glenn was interviewed at Texas A&M by a visiting team of NHK (Japan’s version of BBC) journalists for a feature-length documentary on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which questioned the motives for the U.S. dropping the bomb on a civilian population.
Glenn and the personal advisor to President Truman were the main people interviewed for the film, which won Japan’s version of the academy award (called the Galaxy Award) in 2011. Glenn married Dotty Traska in 2015 and they now live in Brisas Boquetenas, Panama.