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 medieval Europe, a knight could forsake his lord in the name of God, and he
had specified rights; the feudal system was based on reciprocal fidelity between
leaders and retainers. The relationship between leader and retainer in Japan, ...
The exercise of official leadership, on the other hand, causes constant, severe
and apparently insoluble tensions. ... Political leaders who hanker after genuine
leadership will always face an elusive yet impenetrable wall of mistrust and ...
The federation leaders played a crucial role in keeping this 'stability'. ... prompted
by ceaseless bickering among the future LDP habatsu, whose leaders were as
yet more concerned with their own political fortunes than with a stable System.
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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