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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True, Japanese corporations operate in an extremely favourable political climate
in so far as industrial expansion remains the national goal in the eyes of
economic officials and the LDP, and most of the methods used to achieve this
goal are ...
The bureaucrats also preside over a proliferation of public and semi- public
corporations serving all manner of economic and political purposes - including,
incidentally, the provision of post-retirement sinecures for the bureaucrats
Between the small and medium-sized enterprises at the bottom of the industrial
hierarchy and the ministerial-corporate top lies the highly disciplined array of
firms that has made Japan famous in the post-war world. These 'private'
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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