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 centuxies-old approach of blaming both parties to a conflict still continues
today. It has been a very effective mechanism for making Japanese subjects put
on a continuous show of getting on famously with each other. But Japanese do
5 Such squabbling can be found almost anywhere, but among Japanese
bureaucrats it often grows into major conflicts that totally paralyse official decision
-making. Conflict among ministries is criticised by Japanese commentators as ...
Conflict avoidance via hierarchy Ritual and hierarchy substitute for an
internalised set of abstractions in fostering predictability and reducing the
likelihood of open conflict. If everybody has a proper place in the scheme of
things and sticks to it, ...
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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
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