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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Large companies must maintain important (if not main) offices there, if only to be
close to ministry officials. The most important educational institutions are
concentrated there. Local governments must wait on the central bureaucrats in
order to ...
Journalists were to play an important role in spreading the new myth of a divine
emperor and the nationalist ideology of a 'family state'.22 In the first three
decades of the twentieth century, control of the press was accomplished largely
Nakasone had said that he would help Japan play a world role in keeping with its
economic power, and he made important symbolic gestures towards that end. He
presented Japan unambiguously as an active member of the Western alliance, ...
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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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