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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61 Significantly , a newspaper like the Asahi Shimbun , which normally raises its
editorial eyebrows at authoritarian practices , cannot rebuke the police for over -
zealous efforts ( such as the car searches for practice ' ) , since to do so might ...
The discrepancy between theory and practice , between how people say they
have organised their lives and the way they actually live , belongs to the human
condition . Japan stands out amidst this ubiquitous experience , not only because
The current constitution , although not so blatantly at odds with actual practice as
its predecessor , does not provide the guarantees it embodies in theory . A relic of
the United States occupation period , it anticipated basic changes in Japanese ...
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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