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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They enhance the reputation of their firms, as they pontificate on what is
desirable for society and add theit contributions to the ubiquitous platitudes
regarding Japan's tasks and future role in the world. But they have no ability to
steer Japan ...
Japanese are expected to stick to their roles, and to make the roles clear by their
dress, speech and behaviour. There is an easily recognisable mother role,
housewife role, sempui role, boss role and apprentice role, to mention only the
... a variety of industrial associations, and by controlling the business
membership of governmental shingikai (deliberation councils) played an
important role in advising the bureaucracy. All twenty-four members of Sanken
personally served on ...
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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