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 begin with , their governments have never considered private enterprise
antagonistic to their goals . Unlike the communist approach , which equates
entrepreneurism with original sin , or the socialist approach of the European
welfare state ...
In the ideal Japanese perspective – which survives in the negative connotation of
' my - home - ism ' – the workplace , the multi - generational family as distinct from
the nuclear family , the schools or the clubs are not considered part of a ...
Ideas embodying political doubts were considered really dangerous only when
they reached the ears of the common people . Although in the early decades of
the present century the power - holders were obsessed with the threat they posed
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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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