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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'Neither logic nor money can control a self-willed gangster. But by brandishing
the supreme and irrational principle of the "fatherhood" of the boss, the
organization can make members submit to anything.' Yakuza are accustomed to
Both yakuza and rightist recruit among the juvenile delinquent element,
especially the notorious bosozoku, or motor-cycle gangs. Between 30 and 40 per
cent of newcomers to the Yamaguchi-gumi are bosozoku members.3J
Throughout this ...
The police have also grown unhappy with the inter- nationalisation of the yokuza.
40 The increased use of meta-amphetammes (stimulant drugs) smuggled by the
yakuza has undermined their general reputation still further.41 On top of all this, ...
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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