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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Such manoeuvring is one of the ways in Japan by which the higher-ranking and
the stronger claim their privileges. In international exchanges these tactics
sometimes exasperate logically reasoning Westerners, who conclude that
arguing with ...
the international emancipation of the Japanese banks, security houses and
insurance firms, enabling them to compete better in the money markets of the
world, and to give the trading companies a large new field for foreign investment.
Such is the power of contemporary Japanese orthodoxy. The degree of
regimentation that the System demands is met with apparent equanimity, simply
because it does not occur to most Japanese to question it. As the eminent
connoisseur of ...
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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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If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review