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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government interference in the economy is that planners at the centre can never
know enough about the many ramifications of social and economic life to make
the right decisions . According to this theory , centrally planned economies must ...
The Prime Minister was never the chief executive ; he was the chief co - ordinator
whose task was to ensure a united cabinet policy . He could neither dictate to the
other ministers nor change them at will ; replacing a minister was a complicated ...
... Japan ' s elected representatives from discussing momentous events
happening in the world - blithely ignoring the fact that foreign policy issues , even
those affecting the national interest in a direct manner , are never debated in the
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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