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 new retrogressive trend appears unstoppable as the power of Nikkyoso
diminishes . ... The same editors who seem to disagree with the approach of the
educational bureaucrats also appear to endorse the official attribution of
unruliness to ...
Even in leisure activities , the majority of the Japanese appear to be obeying a
disembodied but powerful voice telling them where to go and what to do . Those
responsible for regulating the traffic of humanity will usually find it quite neatly ...
Even though it is manifestly clear that they are guided by their own interests and
proceed without consulting the public in any way , the bureaucrats ' efforts are
somehow made to appear more legitimate than anything done by the politicians ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
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