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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Japanese higher education forms a hierarchy, with Todai (the University of Tokyo
) -more specifically, its law department -at its apex. Todai's graduates have the
best chance of gaining admission to the Ministry of Finance, the best jumping ...
Hierarchy begins at home, although except in highly placed families the
emphasis on 'younger' and 'older' is much less than it was before the war. ...
Hierarchy is very important in university sports clubs and cheer-leading societies.
It persists ...
The well-known 'seniority system' of Japanese companies exists to maintain an
unambiguous hierarchy, and a few post-war companies that drew attention hy
promoting some of their staff in accordance with talent and achievements later
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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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