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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The solution proposed by another Meiji Enlightenment luminary, Nakamura
Masanao (famous as translator of John Stuart Mill's On Liberty), was that the
emperor should set an example by being baptised a Christian. 36 Emperor
Roughly a century later when, confounding the GuJcansho, there were two rival
emperors, the most learned participant in the politics of this schism, Kitabatake
Chikafusa, wrote a scholarly treatise in support of the emperor of his choice.
In a booklet published in 1985 by the Association of Shinto Shrines and aimed at
middle-school pupils, the old myth of the emperor as a descendant of the sun
goddess is reinstated, and a number of LDP members of parliament have again ...
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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