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 instance , when a Western businessman or government representative
appeals to a contract , a law or an international agreement , he may be told by his
Japanese counterpart that Japanese society is guided not so much by cold rules
Supposedly typical aspects of Japanese society and culture , such as group life ,
company loyalty and the love of harmony , the lack of individualism , the near
absence of litigation , ultimately originate in political arrangements and are ...
since Nakasone had made similar statements before and many Japanese share
such views . In a 1980 government report to the Human Rights Commission of
the United Nations , Japan denied the existence of minorities in its society .
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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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