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 emperor had formal sovereignty but was not supposed to rule . The
legislature was not designed to have genuine power but , through a mistake in its
design , came to live an oppositional life of its own . 14 The cabinet outgrew its
role as a ...
A degree of discrepancy between formal and substantial reality is universal , but
the difference of degree between Japan and the West is great enough to
constitute a difference in kind . Not only are things in Japan almost never what
A monument to the gap between formal and substantial reality in modern Japan
was the Meiji constitution . The civil rights listed in this document were
meaningless in that other existing laws made their implementation impossible . It
was one ...
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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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