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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From the middle of the sixteenth century the Portuguese were allowed to bring
their firearms , medicine , astronomy , clocks and , most significantly , their
religion . But this hospitality was reversed not long after the turn of the century ,
when the ...
In 1159 , a quarter - century before the establishment of the Japanese shogunate
, the first major European work on political theory since Roman times explicitly
stated the king ' s subjecthood to law and ultimately to God . 10 In Policraticus , or
Roughly a century later when , confounding the Gukansho , there were two rival
emperors , the most learned participant in the politics of this schism , Kitabatake
Chikafusa , wrote a scholarly treatise in support of the emperor of his choice .
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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