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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Japan is also less obviously ruled by an authoritarian hand than most of its
neighbours . Its government does not lock up people in order to stay in power .
For such reasons it has long been assumed that constitutionalism flourishes
Today , it would be very difficult to find a Japanese administrator who openly
admitted to a desire to gain or hold on to - much less expand - his power , a
desire that is of course his main concern . The solution that denies the
possession of , or ...
But in the ' harder ' , less friendly mode , the tendency is to place things in ready -
made , rigid , immutable categories . In the workaday w Japanese judge each
other by the schools and universities they attended and the companies or ...
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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