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.
It is not ...
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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