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 programme derives its vigour from an ideology that is not generally
recognised for what it is: an ideology disguised by the respectable vestments of '
cultural analysis'. Members of each succeeding generation are told that they
should obey ...
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 state ...
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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