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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In recent decades it has become common, in referring to Japan, to dismiss the
ideal of personal growth as a manifestation of Western ethnocentrism, and to
surmise that Japanese have their own specifically Japanese way of individual ...
At this point, the original movers may become disaffected, but they will lose their
influence; nor will appeals to 'fundamental principles' be understood. Even
though these original activists may want more than the group is getting out of the
However, as we saw in Chapter 3, any Japanese organisation of significant size
that is not ideologically well protected easily becomes prey to a stronger
component of the System. Through 'voluntary' adjustments reflecting the desires
of big ...
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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