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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Maruyama Masao has observed that Japanese intellectuals adopt new domestic
or foreign ideas in rapid succession : New ideas of whatever origin win extremely
quick victory over the intellectuals ' ; they make no conscious effort to test the ...
Although an unambiguous order rules social relationships , individual things and
ideas coexist in a feast of incongruity that both baffles and amuses the outsider .
Visitors to Japan realise almost immediately that they are among inveterate ...
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 , perhaps
, has been required to absorb such a plethora of new ideas as the Japanese ...
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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