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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Their informal powers , moreover , give them even greater control over the realms
of social activity for which they are formally responsible . This informal power ,
because it is not exposed to debate about its merits , is very open - ended .
Most companies give special consideration to the recently married salaryman .
But following the birth of the first child , typically after some two years of marriage ,
the husband is expected to settle down to the serious business of devoting most ...
The exercise of naked power may give a ruler prestige , but will not , unless their
subjects are masochists , produce positive emotions . Besides , the armed
servants that the ruler must employ to keep the threat of punishment credible may
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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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