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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The prime minister is followed every day by several people from each 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 ...
The session is presided over by a local boss, called dangoya; if the locality has
no dangoya, a major contractor will mediate. The dango system ensures that all
participating contractors will get to work on a government project at one time or ...
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 and major ...
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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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