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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From war - financing to post - war ' keiretsu ' The foundations of the wartime
financial control structure were laid years ... lending for new industrial investment
and gave the Ministry of Finance powers to divert money to military industries .
Finance – as well as by friction between the ministry and the CPB and numerous
personal quarrels20 – a monetary ... 21 Probably the most fateful of all wartime
financial arrangements , however , was introduced only about a year and a half ...
A degree of liberalisation of financial and capital markets did indeed take place ,
but it was of a kind that fitted Japanese ... The Ministry of Finance bureaucrats '
apparent concessions were in fact aimed , first , at bringing regulations in line
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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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The Japan Problem
The neglected role of power
The Elusive State
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