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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In this famous work on the divine nature of the imperial line, much was made of
the unique relationship between throne and people. To describe this
phenomenon Chikafusa used the ancient, Chinese -derived term kokutai, which
in the ...
Compared with the 1950s and 1960s, during which the mythological aspects of
the institution were strongly denied, the imperial family is today once again
surrounded by taboos. In a booklet published in 1985 by the Association of
334, 352, 357, 358,389,391,410 Ikeda Katsu, 217 iWu (peasant uprisings), 279-
80 Imperial Agricultural Association (Nogyokai), 61 Imperial Army, 199, 419
Imperial Military Reserve Association, 262, 365 Imperial Navy, 37, 39-40. 200.
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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