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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... for the Sovereign of Japan to make any attempt to show his personal greatness
' . ' Samuraisation ' of the countryside The ' family state ' ideology , along with
military values and a military approach to social organisation , was effectively ...
military. draft. ,. since. they. had. failed. to. check. the. emancipation. of. the.
masses . 67 Even though the different cliques among the ' emperor ' s servants '
were engaged in unceasing rivalry , their opinions were mostly unanimous with ...
Takahashi had always pleaded for economic rather than military expansion ,
insisting that ' military expenditures exceeding the ability of the country to pay
would not enhance true defense ' . For this attitude he was murdered by the super
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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