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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They claimed in defence that they had merely followed the instructions of MITI .
But this cut no ice with the Tokyo High Court , and the case was closed ten years
later with fines and suspended prison sentences for the executives .
If they had been followed there would have been no crisis ; there could have
been no conflict regarding Tanaka ' s remaining in the Diet , and the LDP majority
could at any time have voted on as many bills as it pleased . But this was only the
Japan ' s early journalists were , or pretended to be , scandalised by bribery and
other electoral irregularities , thus setting a pattern that is still followed today .
Party politics was portrayed to the public of Meiji Japan as vile and directed by ...
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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