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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In the Western tradition , intellectual probing of the socio - political environment is
allowed and sometimes encouraged ; the Japanese tradition requires emotional
trust . Japanese are conditioned to accept as natural the unequal tie to a social ...
The poverty of the Japanese intellectual tradition is reflected in that
unenthusiastic institution , the Japanese university . Perhaps the most striking
characteristic of Japanese students is their general apathy . It should not surprise
l This alleged absence of any fundamental duality in traditional Japanese thought
is extolled even today . ... the claimed superfluity of logic ; the absence of a strong
intellectual tradition ; the subservience to the administrators of law ; and the ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
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