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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Maruyama Masao has observed that Japanese intellectuals adopt new domestic
or foreign ideas in rapid succession: 'New ideas of whatever origin win extremely
quick Victory over the intellectuals'; they make no conscious effort to test the ...
Although an unambiguous order rules social relationships, individual things and
ideas coexist in a feast of incongruity that both baffles and amuses the outsider.
Visitors to Japan realise almost immediately that they are among inveterate ...
often fail to convey the spirit and purpose of the originals, though something of
their new ideas undoubtedly seeps through. No other people in history, perhaps,
has been required to absorb such a plethora of new ideas as the Japanese were
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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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