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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1 After the Meiji Restoration, the posture of leniency was given a clear political
purpose. Most major figures in the Meiji oligarchy accepted the necessity for
occasional accommodation of the public's wishes. Even Yamagata Aritomo, the ...
trick that European rulers used to "make their peoples docile and easy to lead'".
32 Ftom the very start of the Meiji period, religion became an official concern. The
oligarchs left no doubt that they consideted it very much theit business. A major ...
19 Following the Meiji Restoration, the impression existed that the ruling
oligarchy was eventually to be replaced by a parliamentary system which would
give Japan a respected place in the ranks of modern nations. In the political
debate that ...
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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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