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
as by ...
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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If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review
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