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 most observers the Japan Problem, as the conflicts have collectively become
known, is summed up in Japan's annual record- breaking trade surpluses: $44
billion in 1984, $56 billion in 1985, $93 billion in 1986; until the near doubling of
For many decades it was a victor in power struggles with those who stood in its
way, notably the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), the official watchdog of the Anti-
Monopoly Law. As the first major work on the informal relationships among the ...
Hence the continued self-imposed handicap of doctrinal adherence to
inapplicable free-trade theories. The result has been misguided stopgap policies.
Increased congressional pressure on the Reagan administration to cope with the
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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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