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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Even in the cabinet of Tanaka Kakuei, seven ministers had passed through its
law department. Over a quarter of all parliamentarians and more than one-third of
all LDP members are Todai graduates. In the mid-1970s the number of Todai ...
When Tanaka Kakuei became MITI minister, he was given Konaga as a secretary
, and Konaga remained in the post when Tanaka became prime minister. Thanks
to this connection, and to his own undoubtedly superior skills, Konaga gained ...
... showed that he would do nothing to protect Tanaka Kakuei. Even though
details of the scandal first came to light abroad, in the investigations of US
senator Frank Church's subcommittee, the prosecutors saw Lockheed as a
chance to regain ...
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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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