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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Enforcing submission through ideology The extraordinary degree of
regimentation and conformism among the ordinary Japanese is maintained by
systematically instilled submissive attitudes . The moulding of character so as to
foster loyalty ...
make way for government - sponsored ideology . ' Traditional cultural values '
were not just relied upon to continue as cultural values usually do , without any
helping hand from ministers and bureaucrats ; they were ' revived ' . The formal
Orthodoxies as condition for Japanese order To people who have been brought
up in an environment of free intellectual discourse , the severe restrictions that an
ideology imposes on the uses of the human mind are not readily apparent .
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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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