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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One is made to feel that there is absolutely no room for critical, unappreciative or
otherwise negative comments. In the late 1980s such comments as these have a
good chance, even, of being labelled 'Japan- bash ing' by official spokesmen ...
Under this system, plans drawn up by lowet officials circulate among other
officials at ever higher levels, receiving their seals of approval. The appearance
of full participation is served, and those who are not in favour of the plan can
A large number of them also ended up as prefectural governors, as officials in the
local public safety commissions (theoretically supervising the police) or in lower
regional government positions. As my list shows, the former 'thought police' ...
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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