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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The fiction of responsible central government First , there is the fiction that Japan
is a sovereign state like any other , a state with central organs of government that
can both recognise what is good for the country and bear ultimate responsibility ...
Power in Japan is thus diffused over a number of semi - self - contained , semi -
mutually dependent bodies which are neither responsible to an electorate nor ,
ultimately , subservient to one another . While all these bodies share aspects of ...
According to the official version , Miki quit to take responsibility ' for the loss the
LDP had suffered in the elections that had ... Shiina Etsusaburo , the kingmaker
responsible for Miki ' s prime ministership , implicitly accused him of unJapanese
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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