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 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 . "
Initially , kokutai was rendered in English as ' national polity ' , but later it was ...
Warm , wet and illogical 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 ...
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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