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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of the major newspapers , who stick with him wherever he goes and pick up
whatever he says . When Nakasone was prime minister , kisha club members
were forbidden to follow him only during his weekly meditation at a Zen temple .
The session is presided over by a local boss , called dangoya ; if the locality has
no dangoya , a major contractor will mediate . 18 The dango system ensures that
all participating contractors will get to work on a government project at one time ...
In a fine demonstration of how powerful certain individual bureaucrats can be ,
the director of the budget bureau , Murakami Kotaro , in the autumn of 1967
launched a major propaganda campaign involving the press , other ministries
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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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