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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Burakumin communities are mainly concentrated in the Kansai area, around
Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, and in Shikoku. In many other parts of the country,
people are not aware of the existence of this minority or the extent of the
discrimination it ...
But the JCP sees the former outcasts in narrow ideological terms as oppressed in
the same way as other Japanese victims of 'monopoly capitalism'. Neither side, in
competing for burakumin allegiance, shows interest in any serious campaign ...
Neither are ethnic minorities such as Koreans, or social minorities like the once
officially outcast burakumin. These minorities face systematic and consistent
discrimination in education and employment, not least by such supposedly
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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