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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It is MITI that has been most closely identified with Japan's post-war 'economic
miracle'. For many decades it was a victor in power struggles with those who
stood in its way, notably the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), the official watchdog
of the ...
toe the line because they know that MITI, which commands a vast information-
gathering network, may publicise some piece of wrongdoing from their past,
undermining their prestige. The leverage that businessmen in their turn can apply
One spectacular bureaucratic battle was the so-called VAN war in 1984 between
MITI and the Ministry of Post and ... In MITI's eyes the new subsector belonged to
the realm of the so-called 'information society', an area of industrial ...
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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