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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They are referred to as jinmyaku- jin meaning 'personal' and myaku a 'vein' such
as is found in mineral deposits, so that jinmyaku means a vein, or web, of
personal connections running through the fabric of society. jinmyaku are much
The value of an employee to his company is largely determined by his jinmyaku.
The effective pursuit of corporate aims depends to a great extent on who the
managers can get hold of on the telephone to fix what needs to be fixed. For
what industry.66 He himself has the most intimate jinmyaku ties with the Ministry
of Transport, and is extremely friendly with the Japan Federation for the
Promotion of Car Mechanics (the latter protects the interests of some 78,000
garages with ...
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