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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Dentsu is the major instrument for determining the quality of Japan's daily
entertainment, and it has managed to reduce nearly everything to the lowest
common denominator. Though institutions producing mind- deadening
entertainment exist ...
One landing spot for Dentsu personnel is Video Research Company, the rating
agency that assesses the popularity of TV programmes. Set up by Dentsu in 1962
, two years after the US firm Nielsen introduced the TV programme rating system
24 For a list of the more spectacular instances, see Oshita Eiji, 'Sogo "joho"
shosha Dentsu no tabuu' [The taboos of Dentsu, a general 'information' trading
companyl, Tsukunt, December 1977, p. 137; and Tahara, Dentsu, op. cit. (n. 23),
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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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