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 ability to make rapid mental adjustments to changed social conditions also
makes amazing chameleon-like changes in behaviour possible when Japanese
find themselves in entirely different circumstances from the ones they are used to.
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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