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Formal press conferences in Japan are stage-managed to a ludicrous degree.
The prime minister is followed every day by three people from each of the major
newspapers, who stick with him wherever he goes and pick up whatever he says.
Foreign journalists, diplomats and businessmen tend to trust the information
given in Japanese newspapers because of its very uniformity. There is nothing
like an air of unanimity concerning political events, of conveying the 'voice of the
Deference to the artificial reality that props up the System is habitual among
newspaper editors. ... But in January 1988 the problem vanished from the pages
of the newspapers to make room for reports on how the government was
planning to ...
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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
Review: The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless NationUser Review - Arjen - Goodreads
If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review
The neglected role of power
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