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 result of this political insight was a policy of almost hermetic seclusion, kept
in force until the middle of the nineteenth century. The newset of rulers that came
in with the Meiji Restoration of 1868 promoted the import of practically anything ...
One explanation for this might be that the idea of power clashes emotionally with
the ideal of equal opportunity, which has gained the force of an ideology. Power
in the sense of control by a small group of people over the majority, and power of
Nannies, monitors and missionaries From the time of its formation in the 1870s it
was understood that Japan's police force, unlike its sword-wielding samurai
predecessors, could not merely scare the populace into submission. Kawaji ...
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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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