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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Even when such philosophical and moral teachings were imported from China,
they did not displace domestic socio-political sanctions and assumptions. On the
contrary, the Chinese ideas merely strengthened the existing this-worldly belief ...
But in fact the company -as-family idea is a fairly modern innovation, even though
the socio-political functions of the Japanese household and fictive kinship
relationships inherited from the Tokugawa period helped prepare the way for it.
This should come as no surprise; outside these power relations there is nothing
to sustain socio-political order - no legal framework consistently adhered to and
providing a sense of security, no certainties transcending the here and now of ...
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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