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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trick that European rulers used to "make their peoples docile and easy to lead'".
32 Ftom the very start of the Meiji period, religion became an official concern. The
oligarchs left no doubt that they consideted it very much theit business. A major ...
Since they consistently employ neither law, nor religion, nor systematic articulate,
intellectual inquiry as a means of evaluating their sociopolitical arrangements,
the Japanese have little choice hut to measure them in reference to everyday ...
Communist ideology has frequently been likened to a religion, has indeed been
labelled a 'secular religion'. Its religious characteristics are obvious; it provides a
closed philosophical system, capable of explaining' everything, which counters ...
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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