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 non- communist states were borrowed, introduced either by colonial
administrations, as in India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, or, as in ...
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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