The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation
In this brilliantly authoritative book, Karel van Wolferen unravels the confusions and misperceptions the West has about Japan and can no longer afford to maintain.
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Neither Confucianism not Buddhism introduced any rules curbing the exercise of
power in Japan. In early Western discourse, the legitimation of morals and
behaviour depended on paramount principles above and beyond immediate
As for Buddhism, this was, as we have seen, mixed with Shinto and
Confucianism to create a religious hotchpotch that played a major role in
sanctioning Japanese power relations well into modern times. Although
Buddhism may still serve the ...
Take, for example, Honen (1133-1212), the first of the great Buddhist reformers of
the Kamakura period, who preached the possibility of individual salvation.
Buddhism had alteady altered the Shinto view of life after death - which taught a ...
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While the author seems biased by his own negative experiences as a foreigner trying to work in Japanese media, his severe critique of the weakness of Japanese leadership has been confirmed by events to a considerable degree. Read full review
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