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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Based on ideas inherited from the previous Ikeda cabinet , a cabinet assistant (
naikaku hosakan ) system was to be established , manned by special secretaries
advising the prime minister . The plan failed because of strong opposition from ...
the recipient must in turn acknowledge the goodness of the established social
order ; political heterodoxy elicits tough measures . Nannies , monitors and
missionaries From the time of its formation in the 1870s it was understood that
Japan ' s ...
Using 70 per cent of the newly established Naimusho ' s budget , Okubo helped
establish a large cluster of government factories ; merged a government marine
transport firm with Mitsubishi ' s shipping company to eliminate United States and
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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