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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Of all the section chiefs and bureaucrats of higher rank in the Ministry of Finance,
88-6 per cent are from Todai. For the Foreign Ministry the figure is 76 per cent, for
the National Land Agency 73-5 per cent and for the Ministry of Transportation ...
Only 0-2 per cent of all Japanese corporations employ more than 1 ,000 workers
(though this percentage still represents more than 2,000 companies). Self-
employed workers and family workers (mainly women) form 29 per cent of the ...
The latter dominated 70-80 per cent of all lending in Japan.2 The Ministry of
Finance had the overall supervision, while the Ministry of Munitions allocated the
funds. 6 This was the original model for the post-war keiretsu financing.27 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