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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The Administrators Japan has a clearly discernible ruling class . Its members –
mainly bureaucrats , top businessmen and one section of the LDP - are all
basically administrators ; there is no room among them for the aspiring statesman
Some administrators are better protected than others . The bureaucrats are
without doubt the most shielded category of all . Article 15 of the constitution ,
which gives the people the right to choose and dismiss civil servants , could not
be further ...
All the while , the dispersion of power among a variety of administrator bodies ,
none holding ultimate responsibility , makes long - range , nationally integrated
strategic planning impossible . Circumstances have made the administrators ...
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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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