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 emperor had formal sovereignty but was not supposed to rule. The
legislature was not designed to have genuine power but, through a mistake in its
design, came to live an oppositional life of its own. l4 The cabinet outgrew its role
as a ...
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: ...
A monument to the gap between formal and substantial reality in modern Japan
was the Meiji constitution. The civil rights listed in this document were
meaningless in that other existing laws made their implementation impossible. It
was one of ...
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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