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 is the zaikai, the broad circle of top business functionaries, especially those
who speak through the powerful business federations. Since Japan is known
internationally almost exclusively through the products of its industry and the
existence as low-cost sources of subcontracted work is a decisive factor in the
competitiveness of many large firms, unions are very rare, and no attempt is
made by the national federations to establish them. Lower-class workers are paid
Among the formal aims of these federations, set forth in many public
pronouncements in the early stages of their existence, was the promotion of a
vigorous democracy. This is reminiscent of the advocacy of greater 'individualism'
by the Ad ...
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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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