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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Implicit in most reports on the Japan - at - the - crossroads theme is the idea that
Japan must change ; the things setting ... At the same time , demands by labour
were going to bring about drastic changes in the socio - economic structure .
To interpret the emergence of the zoku as a sign of essential changes in the
relationship between bureaucrats and politicians , and thus as a harbinger of a
change in the way Japan would be governed , was , however , more than a little ...
years , generally been accomplished by assurances that Japan is undergoing
major structural changes . The fairly widespread illusion abroad that the cabinet
and the ruling LDP were being held to account by the public also seemed to hold
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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