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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military draft , since they had failed to check the emancipation of the masses . 67
Even though the different cliques among the ' emperor ' s servants ' were
engaged in unceasing rivalry , their opinions were mostly unanimous with regard
The most famous slogan of the Meiji period was ' fukoku kyohei ' , ' rich country ,
strong military ' , and the response to the real or imaginary external threat was an
effort to make Japan invincible . Industrialisation at a furious tempo was taken ...
It was also the harbinger of Japan ' s military - political aspirations in Asia , and as
such led to the conflict with China that helped trigger the Manchurian Incident .
Besides the railway , Mantetsu ran coal - mines , steel works , warehouses ...
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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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