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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A monument to the gap between formal and substantial reality in modern Japan
was the Meiji constitution . The civil rights listed in this document were
meaningless in that other existing laws made their implementation impossible . It
was one ...
In the political debate that followed the introduction of new foreign theories ,
some advocated a constitutional monarchy roughly ... On paper , all power
resided in the emperor , who bestowed the constitution on the nation out of his
50 ) , p . 140 . Tamaki Naoya , personal communication . 62 Immediately after the
occupation ended , conservative politicians urged revision of the constitution on
the basis that it had been imposed and was partly inimical to Japanese customs ...
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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