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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... local overlords . The European monasteries of the early Middle Ages kept alive
Mediterranean philosophical constructs implying the possibility of opposition to
political arrangements , and provided a faint reminder of transcendental beliefs ...
Expedient religions All religions have a social basis , according to a famous
sociological theory . ' Society ' s order must , at an early developmental stage , be
codified and be accorded a sacred quality if it is to be maintained . Political power
The Export - Import Bank , the Smaller Business Finance Corporation , the
Housing Loan Corporation and the Agriculture , Forestry and Fishery Finance
Corporation were also established in the early 1950s to generate a flow of
funding for ...
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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