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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It denotes little more than the existence of a set of relationships , with reasonably
predictable effects , between those engaged in socio - political pursuits . The term
' system ' is also frequently used to suggest an arrangement of inescapable ...
The existence of a state is implied , of course , whenever Japan passes laws and
adopts measures for foreign consumptionwhen , for instance , the bureaucrats
lower tariffs on imports . In practice , though , that means almost nothing .
... community with special tasks - and thus privileges - were scrapped . But
discrimination could not be legislated out of existence and , since burakumin had
lost their monopoly over their allotted trades , their economic deprivation
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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