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 idea that scholars and commentators can remain objective because no
formal conditions are attached to what they receive is mostly an illusion when the
money comes from Japan. Access to the necessary personal contacts and ...
20 One explanation for this might be that the idea of power clashes emotionally
with the ideal of equal opportunity, which has gained the force of an ideology.
Power in the sense of control by a small group of people over the majority, and ...
often fail to convey the spirit and purpose of the originals, though something of
their new ideas undoubtedly seeps through. No other people in history, pethaps,
has been required to absorb such a plethora of new ideas as the Japanese were
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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