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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Chinese chroniclers of the Kingdom of Wei, in the third century, noted with some
amazement that, although the land of Wa (as they called Japan) was formally
governed by a queen named Himilco, she was hidden in a well-guarded palace ...
Much of the formal power structure in Asia today is fictitious. The official trappings
of ... the exercise of power. Yet in almost all Asian countries personal connections
are vastly more important than the more recent, formally impartial institutions.
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
they seem: ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
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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If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review
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