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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To believe that these predictable assertions reflect personal opinions would be
doing injustice to the intellectual capacities of ... of sake or, more rarely, a sudden
realisation on their part that you are not going to believe the official line anyway.
Whereas in the 1880s it was possible to believe that all nations had a kokutai in
some form or another, after the turn of the century it was a monopoly of Japan. 4
Initially, kokutai was rendered in English as 'national polity', but later it was more
On the whole, nihonjinron concedes that Japanese do not believe in universal
values and are 'not logical'. It portrays such traits as assets that supposedly give
Japanese closer contact with the here and now of concrete circumstances, and ...
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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