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