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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For instance, when a Western businessman or government representative
appeals to a contract, a law or an international agreement, he may be told by his
Japanese counterpart that Japanese society is guided not so much by cold rules
as by ...
violates unwritten rules. Although conformism is highly appreciated in Japanese
society, press commentators concluded that ijime as a means of promoting it
could not be tolerated. Liberal-minded members of the aforementioned
Many Japanese do not think the West has a case in calling Japanese trade
practices unfair, because they are hardly aware that their System is not
compatible with the rules of international commerce. Instead, they are told that it
is the Western ...
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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