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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because , if there is one nation whose predominant social and cultural
idiosyncrasies can be traced back to political ... them from among Christian tenets
and Roman ideas of jurisprudence , to be incorporated into Dutch culture as they
saw fit .
But when ' culture ' is used to explain Japan , statements such as ' we do this
because it is our culture ' ( i . e . ' we do this because we do this ' ) are not
perceived as tautology but are believed to give a valid reason for accepting all
manner of ...
Blinding the world Japanese officials , commentators and businessmen routinely
appeal to ' cultural - reasons for not ... contends that reciprocity in trade ' would
mean changing laws to accept foreign systems that may not suit our culture ' .
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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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