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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To the extent that Japanese voters judge their Diet representatives by their ability
to extract commitments from the central bureaucrats for roads , bridges , hospitals
, railways and schools , Tanaka was undoubtedly the best representative they ...
The main instruments for taking such an initiative are the numerous deliberation
councils , or shingikai , in which well - known scholars , journalists and
businessmen and noted representatives of the interest groups concerned are
asked to ...
One phone call from a Middle Eastern representative to the most respected
general newspaper , the Asahi Shimbun , is sufficient to ensure the withdrawal of
a cartoon he does not like . 22 Maybe the best recent example of the ease with
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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