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 economy prospers because areas of industry that show promise are
stimulated by fiscal policies favouring investment. Industries considered of
strategic importance are carefully nursed and protected against genuine foreign
This effort failed, but the 'economic new order' part of it helped inspire the post-
war programme of unlimited industrial expansion.17 The institutional centre of
operations for the reform bureaucrats was the Cabinet Planning Board (CPB).
its Special Measures Law for the Promotion of Designated Industries, sponsored
by the Ikeda cabinet, died in the Diet because of business pressure on the LDP.
The Ministry of Finance and the banking community also helped stop it, because
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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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