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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Pethaps the biggest present bestowed on the post-war MITI bureaucrats by
SCAP was the power to form cartels, an essential instrument of Japanese
industrial policy that had earlier been the monopoly of the wartime 'control
Goto Fumio, a leader of the reform bureaucrats and Naimusho minister, who
played a major role organising the pre-war and wartime local youth organisations
, served in the Upper House after the war.33 The list of former 'thought police' ...
Finance - as well as by friction between the ministry and the CPB and numerous
personal quarrels'* - a monetary control association established in May 1 942
treated the precedent for post-war central-bank control over the commercial ...
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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