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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In this famous work on the divine nature of the imperial line, much was made of
the unique relationship between throne and people. To describe this
phenomenon Chikafusa used the ancient, Chinese-derived term kokutai, which
in the ...
And to guarantee that cabinets would always abide by the council's ruling, he '
chose a rare and subtle solution, one void of legal force but massively binding in
practice'.39 He made the emperor issue an 'imperial message' listing a number of
... 389, 391, 410 Ikeda Katsu, 217 ikki (peasant uprisings), 279-80 Imperial
Agricultural Association (Nogyokai), 61 Imperial Army, 199, 419 Imperial Military
Reserve Association, 262, 365 Imperial Navy, 37, 39-40, 200, 427 Imperial
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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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If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review
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