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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... Agency flatly rejected his request with the excuse that it would not accord with
usual practice among the officials concerned. Appointments to the crucial posts of
head of the National Police Agency (NPA) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police ...
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
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