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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'21 Japanese power-holders of the Meiji period and later could be held
responsible neither for misdeeds nor for flagrant misgovernment. The grave
dangers of this tradition for the nation (and other nations) was amply
demonstrated in the first ...
The most famous slogan of the Meiji period was 'fukoku kyohei', 'rich country,
strong military', and the response to the real or imaginary external threat was an
effort to make Japan invincible. Industrialisation at a furious tempo was taken for
... 53-4 Meiji, Emperor, 259, 301-2, 323 Meiji Enlightenment, 259 Meiji period. 61,
153, 182, 239. 250; 'catching up', 376; and Christianity, 282; constitution. 38, 208,
209. 228. 302; corruprion. 134; decline of Meiji state. 37-8; education.
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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