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 ... These associations, created
in 1941 after much friction among the various bureaucratic cliques involved and
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