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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How things are supposed to be tends to coincide , of course , with the immediate
interests of one ' s group . For the past four centuries the Japanese people have
been told to consider socio - political loyalty as the supreme virtue . The result ...
To make things even easier , the Japanese have a relevant terminology : tatemae
, or the way things are presented , ostensible motives , formal truth , the fašade ,
pretence , the way things are supposed to be ( often wrongly translated by ...
But in the ' harder ' , less friendly mode , the tendency is to place things in ready -
made , rigid , immutable categories . In the workaday w Japanese judge each
other by the schools and universities they attended and the companies or ...
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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