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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Japan is also less obviously ruled by an authoritarian hand than most of its
neighbours . Its government does not lock up people in order to stay in power .
For such reasons it has long been assumed that constitutionalism flourishes
To the police , their crimes , if any , appear less important than their ' wrong
attitudes ' . The fact that they will not apologise renders them less than ' fully
Japanese ' in the eyes of the law - enforcement officials . Extremists who are
A less than perfect harmony A value system governed , ultimately , by social
exigencies means the absence of an urge to fight over ideas . This means in turn
that revolutions in the accepted meaning of the term are ruled out . In Japanese ...
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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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The Japan Problem
The neglected role of power
The Elusive State
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