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 ...
... 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
Servants of the System The System ' s embrace is truly inescapable ; it extends to
institutions - typically , labour movements , parts of the educational world and the
press - that in other non - dictatorial societies frequently exist in more or less ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
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