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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More nationalistically inclined Japanese may , however , consider the ' flexibility '
of Japanese thought a virtue . Prime Minister Nakasone appeared proud of it
when , in an interview on national television in August 1984 , he implied that it
besmirched by Chinese thought , Shintoism had produced no sacred texts ,
doctrines , moral codes or philosophical treatises , and had little more to offer
than the idea of an unbroken line of emperors . The discourse revolving around
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Japan ' , Journal of Japanese Studies , Winter 1982 , pp . 29 – 72 . of Chicago
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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