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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Kawaji Toshiyoshi , first chief of the Tokyo metropolitan police and architect of the
modern Japanese police system , neatly summed it up by saying that the
government should be seen as the parent , the people as the children and the ...
Seen in this light , it is immediately clear why legitimacy should be a problem in
Japan . The Japanese System sets out to be self - validating . It is itself the divinity
' , supplying its own closed system of faith and self - justification . And since a ...
As one of Japan ' s most articulate intellectuals has written about the war in China
: ' Seen from the outside , Japan appeared to be invading China with imperialist
intentions . Seen from the inside , however , most political leaders felt that ...
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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