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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The radical communist union federation, Sambetsu Kaigi, was dissolved in 1950,
and initiative in the labour movement passed to Sohyo, which until 1987
remained the largest and most significant of Japan's central labour organisations.
Once radical union activities had been crushed, Sohyo settled down to inspire
and guide a series of national actions that posed no threat to anybody. In 1956 it
invented the shunto, 'spring offensive'. Every spring until the mid-1970s
In November 1987 this led to the inauguration of the Japanese private- sector
trade union confederation, Zenmin Roren, or Rengo for short, and the
announcement that Sohyo would disband itself in 1990.42 Rengo is emphatically
opposed to ...
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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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