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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Much of the formal power structure in Asia today is fictitious. The official trappings
of the non- communist states were borrowed, introduced either by colonial
administrations, as in India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, or, as in ...
A degree of discrepancy between formal and substantial reality is universal, but
the difference of degree between Japan and the West is great enough to
constitute a difference in kind. Not only are things in Japan almost never what
they seem: ...
Their votes would not have made any difference anyway; what mattered was their
having formally called off their boycott. Nor were there any rules prohibiting the
LDP from voting while the boycott was on. But in this case the minority parties ...
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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