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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In her classic study of Japanese behaviour Ruth Benedict noted that the most
dramatic difference between Western and Japanese soldiers was the extent to
which , as prisoners of war , the latter co - operated with the Allies . “ They were
Part of the answer lies in the active suppression of the personal inclinations of the
Japanese , in nearly all social contexts and on all levels , through a programme
of character - moulding that helps ensure predictable and disciplined behaviour ...
Companies are not happy with job applicants who have lived abroad , worrying
that their behaviour may upset the work community . In cases where only a small
number of Japanese representatives reside in a foreign city , they demonstrate ...
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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
The Japan Problem
The neglected role of power
The Elusive State
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