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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I know Japanese who think very clearly and make intellectual discoveries, and
there must have been many in history who obeyed the human urge towards
philosophical speculation. But the crucial thing to remember is that each ot them
The poverty of the Japanese intellectual tradition is reflected in that
unenthusiastic institution, the Japanese university. Pethaps the most striking
characteristic of Japanese students is their general apathy. It should not surprise
anyone. My own ...
Japanese whose intellectual capacities and personal inclinations might
otherwise cause them to wonder at the reason for it all are systematically
presented with intellectual garbage. This often drives them to become nihilists or
to flee into ...
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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