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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Nearly all post-war Japanese prime ministers who exercised any influence at all
have been graduates of Todai - with the conspicuous exceptions of Tanaka
Kakuei and Takeshita Noboru.6 In most post-war cabinets the crucial portfolios
When Tanaka Kakuei became MITI minister, he was given Konaga as a secretary
, and Konaga remained in the post when Tanaka became prime minister. Thanks
to this connection, and to his own undoubtedly superior skills, Konaga gained ...
The Lockheed case could be tackled whole-heartedly only when the then prime
minister, Miki Takeo, showed that he would do nothing to protect Tanaka Kakuei.
Even though details of the scandal first came to light abroad, in the investigations
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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