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 ... the growing human being has the built-in
purpose of becoming a mature, well-integrated individual.21 My experience in
other Asian ...
1 ' Loyalty becomes an end in itself; if there are hints of conflict in the group, the
notion that solidarity should come first ... often become stepping-stones to a
political career for the former official.18 The fact that many LDP Diet members
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