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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Conflict among ministries is criticised by Japanese commentators as '
sectionalism'. It is taken almost for granted that the ... Highly placed bureaucrats
will themselves agree that the malfunctioning caused by nawabari arasoi ('
territorial conflict ...
Once an inter-ministry conflict is 'settled' through the offices of an outside agent,
such as the LDP, this does not mean that the conflict is solved; there is no peace
among rival ministries, only armistice. A less well known but significant conflict is
This avoids much cause for conflict. The conciliation procedures offered in lieu of
litigation allow all concerned to save face, and the same is true of the mediation
that, in less formal contexts, smooths out a multitude of snags in relationships.
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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