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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Journalists were to play an important role in spreading the new myth of a divine
emperor and the nationalist ideology of a ' family state ' . 22 In the first three
decades of the twentieth century , control of the press was accomplished largely ...
... configuration of their alliances and the probabilities of succession to the prime
ministership - the very substance , that is , of Japanese politics - have become
less predictable . This is because Tanaka no longer makes the important choices
Nakasone had said that he would help Japan play a world role in keeping with its
economic power , and he made important symbolic gestures towards that end .
He presented Japan unambiguously as an active member of the Western ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
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