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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supposedly exemplary institutions as the police and the public schools. ...
safeguards in the form of standards for judging who is or is not dangerous and
guarantees for the safety and personal dignity of those placed in institutional
This was the so-called 'system of financial institutions authorised to finance
munitions companies',22 which was intended to increase the supplies that the
military machine was devouring in much greater quantities than earlier planners
A degree of liberalisation of financial and capital markets did indeed take place,
but it was of a kind that fitted Japanese purposes, and did not significantly
increase the accessibility of the Japanese market to foreign financial institutions.
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