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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To believe that these predictable assertions reflect personal opinions would be
doing injustice to the intellectual capacities ... of sake or , more rarely , a sudden
realisation on their part that you are not going to believe the official line anyway .
... and had in any case been part of earlier bureaucratic plans . The Maekawa
Committee represented one more failure to steer the System . The outside world ,
however , wanting to believe that Japan had a government after all , and
Some Americans have begun to believe that the bilateral friction is caused by
reprobate schemers in Tokyo . In a milder temper , the term “ unfair ' is widely
used to describe Japanese practises . This moralistic position did not seem to
shock a ...
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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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