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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He in fact helped bring about the feudal arrangements revolving around semi -
autonomous lords called daimyo - that great political balancing act that kept the
Tokugawa shoguns in power for over two and a half centuries . The Tokugawa ...
The formal state ideology constructed in the Meiji period , which served the ruling
élite until 1945 , consisted of fragments of the scholastic defence of Tokugawa
warrior rule , to which was added an important emphasis on the unique ...
Yamazaki Ansai , a student of Yoshikawa Koretaru and a highly influential early
Tokugawa thinker , held that rulers , whether virtuous or depraved , should be
served with blind loyalty . In a combination of neo - Confucianism and Shinto ...
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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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