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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Where English teaching is concerned , for example , high - school pupils learn to
pass exams consisting only of multiple - choice questions , put together by
professors who themselves are uncomfortable with the real language . The tests
93 Many judges , too , are concerned about media response to their decisions ,
which is always assumed to represent ' public opinion ' . Lawyers likewise tend to
accept public opinion as an important sanctioning force that must be reflected in ...
Some bureaucrats think this system absurd , but a superior who systematically
refuses to adhere to it may risk his position . " s Another frequent effect is to make
clear what the officials concerned should not do rather than what they should do .
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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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