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 ability to make rapid mental adjustments to changed social conditions also
makes amazing chameleon-like changes in behaviour possible wher Japanese
find themselves in entirely different circumstances from the ones they are used to.
justify their behaviour in the eyes of their neighbours, fellow workers or superiors.
To understand this moral world one must imagine a situation in which good
behaviour is constantly determined by individuals' views of how others expect
Japanese are expected to stick to their roles, and to make the roles clear by their
dress, speech and behaviour. There is an easily recognisable mother role,
housewife role, sempui role, boss role and apprentice role, to mention only the
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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