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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The result of this political insight was a policy of almost hermetic seclusion, kept
in force until the middle of the nineteenth century. The new set of rulers that came
in with the Meiji Restoration of 1868 promoted the import of practically anything ...
and. missionaries. From the time of its formation in the 1870s it was understood
that Japan's police force, unlike its sword-wielding samurai predecessors, could
not merely scare the populace into submission. Kawaji Toshiyoshi, first chief of
In the Japanese case these forces appear to be coming from everywhere, as well
as being constantly generated from down within society itself. The public ... affect
most Japanese as an enveloping natural phenomenon, an inescapable force.
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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