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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Between the small and medium-sized enterprises at the bottom of the industrial
hierarchy and the ministerial-corporate top lies the highly disciplined array of
firms that has made Japan famous in the post-war world. These 'private'
Relationships within firms are stronglv hierarchical, and so are the ties among
firms - intensively so in the case of subcontractors. The firms do not employ a
cross-section of the population, but narrowly selected groups that emerge at
culmination of a process that began long before the war, with the separation of
ownership and management that occurred when the ;aibufsu families hired banto
t professional managers, to look after the firms belonging to their conglomerates.
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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