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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36 Emperor Mutsuhito (posthumously called Meiji) did not take this advice,
though eventually he was made to set another kind of example by adding milk
and beef to his diet. It was believed that since these products came from a big
and sturdy ...
In reality, the 'restoration' of the emperor in no way restored his temporal powers.
... Since the sovereign was sacred and kse-majeste a serious offence, the
powerless emperors had always been ideal instruments in power games, and
Despite the famous announcement of the emperor's human status on New Year's
day of 1946, rightist activists, some nationalistic intellectuals and bureaucrats,
and several LDP groups promote a view of his status and role that is little different
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4 The Japan Problem
The Elusive State
An Inescapable Embrace
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