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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As subcontractors these small companies - which make parts, or assemble
finished products for distribution by the famous firms - provide cheap labour, and
in times of economic downturn absorb much of the shock. When the yen almost ...
Relationships within firms are strongly hierarchical, and so are the ties among
firms - intensively so in the case of subcontractors. The firms do not employ a
cross-section of the population, but narrowly selected groups that emerge at
The few large firms that are still run by strong entrepreneurial leaders are now
seen as more or less peripheral to the main power bases of the economy. The
industrialist of Meiji and Taisho Japan seems a long-forgotten type. Today, the ...
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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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