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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Japanese readers may dismiss what they think are exaggerations yet still be
confirmed in their core ideas about the uniqueness of their society. The theories
marketed under the nihonjinron label may conflict with each other in their parts,
6 The belief in the uniqueness of the Japanese language is important for
nihonjinron practitioners in general, who like to furnish new evidence of
Japanese uniqueness by contrasting the delicate nuances and connotations of
Japanese words ...
... excellent account of the psychological consequences of nihonjinron rhetoric.
50 Nakasone Yasuhiro (speech as transcribed by the editors), Chuo Karon,
November 1986, p. 162. 51 Nakasone has clearly acknowledged his intellectual
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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