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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'Habatsu' politics Political commentary in Japanese newspapers concentrates
almost solely on what clique leaders are doing to keep or gain leverage over
each other. When in the spring of 1987 Takeshita Noboru finally declared his
themselves, highly placed Habatsu members are expected to campaign on
behalf of their fellow members and against LDP candidates belonging to other
habatsu. Local LDP offices, where they exist at all, are meaningless and may
even be ...
Different habatsu have varying reputations among bureaucrats. The members of
Abe Shintaro's habatsu, formerly Fukuda's clique, are said to be very demanding,
whereas the bureaucrats generally feel comfortable and relaxed with a minister ...
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