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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Against this background, Nakasone's decisiveness shocked many and made him
unpopular among his fellow LDP members. The Japanese press reacted
negatively to his first cabinet and united in dubbing it a 'Tanakasone government'
Nakasone had said that he would help Japan play a world role in keeping with its
economic power, and he made important symbolic gestures towards that end. He
presented Japan unambiguously as an active member of the Western alliance, ...
Nakasone found himself encapsulated by these semi- autonomous forces. He
had no say over the Agriculture Ministry or, for that matter, the Ministry of Finance.
One interesting innovation in the exercise of power by a Japanese prime minister
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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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